Nuclear Power in an Earthquake Zone

Updated on December 21, 2018
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Tessa Schlesinger has been a writer since birth. She was published early, is opinionated, and, in her 7th decade, still continues to write.

There have been more than a few nuclear accidents through the years. Wiki lists twenty eight of the more serious incidents, ranging from a partial core meltdown in Simi Valley (California) in 1957 through electrical fire in Greifswald, Germany in 1975 to overheating in Chernobyl, Russia in 1986. Three Mile Island in Pensylvannia in 1979 was one of many partial core meltdowns which seem to be the predominant incident involving nuclear power stations. Faulty design, lack of foresight, increasing waste tonnage, plus the slow steady emission of radioactivity from all nuclear powers make it one of the most dangerous and deadly sources of power on earth.

The poem below was written a few days after the Japanese Tsunami in March, 2011. It demonstrates just how shortsighted nuclear power is.

A 23 kiloton tower shot called BADGER, fired on April 18, 1953 at the Nevada Test Site, as part of the Operation Upshot–Knothole nuclear test series.
A 23 kiloton tower shot called BADGER, fired on April 18, 1953 at the Nevada Test Site, as part of the Operation Upshot–Knothole nuclear test series. | Source

My Poem about Fukishima Power Station in Japan

The earthquake rumble in its belly Friday last
Is now a thing of the historical past.
The undersea earth has stilled for a moment
But, for how long, nobody has comment.

Silent, pretty, providing food, a road for ships,
The great sea of the earth once more sleeps.
Its minutes of power and carnage slips
Away and leaves a people that weeps.

At times like this, man’s power is shown for naught,
But a braggadocio fueled and fraught
With arrogance, overstatement, and pride,
Revealing man has nowhere to hide.

Will lessons be learnt? It’s hard to say.
History has shown the morrow’s a day away.
As the wounds heal and prosperity returns,
Experience is forgotten. Nobody learns.

The earth is mightier than any life form.
Respect for it should be the norm.
Nuclear power on an earthquake zone?
Ridiculous thought with an arrogant tone.

Nuclear power cannot be tamed
When unchecked, man’s left maimed.
Best to find other ways to keep us warm and fed
So we can sleep safely - with minimum dead.

It was not as bad as the disasters at Fukushima or Chernobyl, but a tremendous nuclear catastrophe was narrowly avoided.
It was not as bad as the disasters at Fukushima or Chernobyl, but a tremendous nuclear catastrophe was narrowly avoided. | Source

Fukishima "All radiation is dangerous. It's cumulative, and you start to get cancer."

The World Nuclear Association admits that Nuclear Power Stations are not risk free. Are you okay with that?

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We cannot know when natural disasters will occur.

Mother Nature vs Nuclear Power Stations

As the oceans warm up, cyclones (hurricanes, typhoons) are becoming stronger and stronger. In certain places, sea waters are rising. According to scientists, global warming may trigger fault lines and produce massive earthquakes.

While a melt down isn't an explosion, the radiation emitted is just as deadly to human beings in the vicinity. Five years after Fukishima had a melt down in all three reactors, there is still no end in sight. The company has no idea where the reactors are and the radiation (even with adequate suiting) is too strong to remain in the area long. Those who abandoned the area five years ago have still not returned.

The World Nuclear Association admits that there is no such thing as a 100% accident free nuclear power station.

© 2016 Tessa Schlesinger


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  • TessSchlesinger profile imageAUTHOR

    Tessa Schlesinger 

    19 months ago from South Africa

    Merci. Qui. Je suis. :)

  • TessSchlesinger profile imageAUTHOR

    Tessa Schlesinger 

    2 years ago from South Africa

    Ah Thank you. :)

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    John Hansen 

    2 years ago from Queensland Australia

    Tess, good hub about a topic we need to be concerned with. I like the poems too. (check under "Mother Nature vs Nuclear Power Stations"..."int eh vicinity."


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