Current topic: The prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. Proverbs 1:32
As I began researching this topic , my main concentration was on the Fukushima Japan , earthquake and tsunami which led to one of the worst nuclear disasters in history.
However, despite the tragedy of Fukushima, I was equally as shocked with the whole nuclear waste disposal systems we have been using for quite some time. And that system is horrific to say the least. Let's look at a few things.......
In 1951 nuclear waste was dumped 120 miles off the coast of New York City.
This nuclear waste will last 100's of thousands of years.
A similar situation was taking place in the Pacific Ocean where 25 miles from San Fransisco, 85,000 barrels of nuclear waste were dumped.
25 years later in 1975 the EPA wanted to know how the barrels had held up after all these years. They found that some of the barrels did not hold up well. The first series of tests were done in the Pacific Ocean. They found that some of the barrels had leaked into the ocean. The EPA stated that the radiation levels were low, but did not know how long they were going to last.
The Prosperity of fools shall destroy them
Ocean dumping is no longer permitted. However , nuclear waste from the military and from the nuclear powere industry leaves growing concern about what are we going to do with all this nuclear waste. We could be creating a radioactive monster with no cage to keep it in.
Flyod Kabler stated we Americans are 'energy junkies'. We wake up in the morning, and immediately start turning things on. Just take a moment and think about all the gadgets you used this morning, digital clock, bedroom lights, bathroom lights, electric toothbrush, hair dryer, toaster, coffee maker, refrigerato, stove top , can opener, microwave oven, garage door opener. And we can't forget those addicting cell phones.
A senior health specialist says........people can't see the radiation, can't smell it, can't taste it, therefore why should we be concerened?" To try to tell them that they should be concerned, now that's the hard part.
How does a nuclear power plant work......
Nuclear energy originates from the splitting of uranium atoms – a process called fission. This generates heat to produce steam, which is used by a turbine generator to generate electricity. Becausenuclear power plants do not burn fuel, they do not produce greenhouse gas emissions. Refs. Duke Energy
How a Nuclear Reactor Works.......
A nuclear reactor is like an enormous, high-tech tea kettle.
Nuclear plants split atoms to boil water into steam. The steam turns a turbine to generate electricity. It takes sophisticated equipment and a highly trained workforce to make it happen, but it’s that simple. Refs. NEI Nucleear Energy Institute
Above Artwork: Atoms are made of protons(red), neutrons (blue), electrons (green) , and energy binding them together(yellow). By splitting large unstable atoms into smaller and more stable ones, we can release some of this "binding energy." That's where nuclear power plants get their energy from. Refs. Explain that stuff.com
3 Mile Island , near Harrisburg PA
This accident was the result of mechanical equipment failure and human errors. A major accident unfolded when the reactor core became uncovered and almost half of the core melted. In Dr. Sheron's lecture he spoke on the lesson learned from this accident.
The technicians were trained to go to the 'emergencybook shelf', and look up and follow the instructions on how to deal with a specific problem. In this particular accident there was a break in one of the main cooling lines. The technician immediately focused on the breached water line. Unfortunately they did not notice the effects of this breached water pipe. The effects were taking place around the core. This loss of water produced steam. As this process continued, more steam was produced, and water around the core began to get lower and lower , exposing some of the core. 144,000 people were evacuted.
Dr. Sheron stated: you can shut down a nuclear reactor (which is what these technicians did) , even when it is off, it still produces 7% of the energy it was while in operation. If you don't cool this energy down it will continue to get hotter and hotter. It will get so hot it will burn right through the containment vessel, continue right through the ground until it reaches the center of the earth. This is better known as the "China Syndrome". If you get a chance check out the 1979 drama/disaster "The China Syndrome" starring Jane Fonda , Michael Douglas , and Jack Lemon.
The Three Mile Island incident did release some radioactive gas , a few days after the accident. The dose was not higher than background levels allowed for local residents. There were no injuries or adverse health effects from the Three Mile Island accident.
Chernobyl 1986 refs. Radio free Europe/radio liberty
The world's worst civilian nuclear disaster happened when a nuclear reactor exploded at the chernobyl power plants in the Ukraine then part of the Soviet Union. ByeloRussian received 60% of the fallout. The radioactive cloud covered most of Europe.
April 26 1986 , technicians were conducting a test of the back up cooling system. However the routine safety drill went horribly wrong. During the test technicians lost control of cooling temperatures, and reactor 4 got so hot it exploded. It spewed 8 tons of radioactive debris into the atmosphere. This led to the decision to evacuate 115,000 people from thirty kilometer zone (18.6 miles).
They battled the fire at this facility for 15 days. Used more than half a million military and civilian personel who were drafted to deal with the accident and it's aftermath. Thirty one of the initial fighters and plant workers died within days , of acute radiation sickness. The toxicity that was released was the equivalent of 400 Hiroshima atomic bomb explosions.
Fukushima Daiichi accident March 3 2011
In 2011 on the island of Japan , there was a massive 9.0 , perhaps even higher , according to other sources , earthquake. This generated a huge tsunami. There was a twenty foot sea wall protecting this nuclear facility , and the tsunami just washed right over it. 15,891 people lost their lives , 6,152 were injured
2,584 reported missing
Here's a note from the documentary Fukushima the hard documentary (youtube.com)
Japan is full of nuclear reactors which produce thirty percent of Japan's electricity. The majority of the operating facilities are located across the coast, in one of the most scismically active areas of the planet. (one can hardly believe this)
The prosperity of fools shall destroy them
This tsunami caused the destruction of three of the six nuclear reactors at the fukushima daiichi facility. The wave knocked out all the power including the back up systems.
The cores of these reactors melted within the first three days and the toxic fumes drifted inot the air. These destroyed sites have been dumping hundreds of tons of radioactive waste into the pacific ocean , every single day for years!
Diagram refs. - phys.org
You see, the situation is , you can't see this radioactive material, can't taste it (however the crew aboard the USS Ronald Reagan stated they recall having an aluminum type taste) , can't smell it , and yet it bombards your system for years. Then people start developing cancer, and other ailments.
I strongly challenge you to do your own research.
At youtube.com , there are many videos on nuclear power , nucler waste , radiation and it's effects on people, the planet , the seas.
Here are some videos you can check out at youtube.com.....
- Nuclear Hot Seat - host Libbe HaLevy
- Fukushima - seconds from disaster
- Nuclear waste disposal documentary
- Fukushima explained further 2018
- Fukushima and the problems it's still causing 7 years later
- Fukushima : Living with a disaster
- The Japanese nuclear disaster: Impacts and Implications
- Nuclear accidents: Lessons learned : Dr. Brian Sheron