H C Singh

Japan’s Catastrophe Nuclear Fallout and Radiation- Its Impact on World

Japan, an island nation, in comparison to neighboring China which is 50 times or more in area and 10 times or so in population has been facing earthquakes followed by Tsunami for centuries. But the earthquake followed by Tsunami that devastated north Japan has been the worst ever. Moreover it has resulted in nuclear fall out because of explosions in nuclear plants and radiation which is threatening well being of millions. In earlier earthquakes and Tsunamis, though these were not so ferocious but caused lot of devastation, Japan rebuilt and became a shining example of recovery in the world. As Japan struggles to control radioactive leakage and “catastrophic and humanitarian and nuclear crisis, it hopes for a new dawn to deliver it from this darkness.”

Tsunami is a Japanese word adopted by the entire world, meaning high tides devastating the costal area of north eastern Japan. On 11th March 2011 Tsunami in Eastern part of Japan was upto 40 feet high engulfing the whole town, besides villages whatever came under tsunami. But the Japanese people in the face of such disastrous calamity, proved extremely resilient. Amongst the survivors there was no complaining, no looting and no running about and crying for the loss of their family members, homes and heaths.

Magnitude of earthquake accompanying Tsunami of 11th Mach is considered to be worst in Japanese recorded history, is said to be “equivalent in power to 30000 Hiroshima’s (atom bomb dropped by America at the end of II World War in 1945causing devastation of Hiroshima city in Japan). There have been quite frequent disasters due to Tsunami and earthquakes in Japan during last century and upto March 2011 but Japan and Japanese people have every time shown strong determination to rebuild their country without outside help and be stronger and better than before. For instance the 1923 earthquake did not dishearten Japan, instead it determined to be a strong military power and it did become by 1939-40, defeat in Second World War followed by dropping of two atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan instead of trying to militarize spent all its energies on economic and technological development and became worlds second or third economic power by the end 20th century. The latest Kabe earthquake disaster made Japan more determined to continue to be peaceful and devote all talent towards economic and technological development.

Eruption and fallout from Fukushima nuclear plant, in particular and eruption from other nuclear plants has caused radiation which has endangered the lives of millions because this radiation has contaminated water and vegetables. Such earthquake fallout is the first in the world. It has cautioned the world about the shortcomings, defects and drawbacks like that in Japan’s Fukushima reactor. Accordingly, Russia, Germany, France and USA have halted further construction of new nuclear plants till the existing ones are fully and finally checked up with latest technology so there is no explosion like that of Fukushima.

There are more than one hundred nuclear plants in the world which are under construction. In China alone 27 nuclear reactors are under construction. China, in view of Fukushima disaster in Japan, has already announced a pause in its ambitious plan of being the biggest nuclear power in all spheres and to produce maximum electricity through nuclear power, wind and solar energy. China being close to Japan is worried the most particularly when it has been disclosed that in Japan water and vegetables are contaminated because of radiation. Even the sea water upto 240 Km north of Tokyo, it is said because of, tests by nuclear safety agency, ‘has radioactive iodine 1,250 times higher than in normal sea water. It is a startling revealation for China, Russia that touches Chinese sea water and even USA particularly areas close to California: Accordingly many countries have banned import of milk and Japanese sea food. In India too, Jaitpur nuclear plant which was under construction has been put oh hold and all other nuclear plants are under strict scrutiny. India’s oldest Reactor which is like that of Fukushima, operating on boiling water and was built in Tarapur Maharashtra in 1969, is under close scrutiny. Though chairman of Atomic Energy Commission of India, Srikumar Banerjee says that we are very careful and examine all the nuclear plants every alternate year or so, but the fact is that there have been minor accidents during past 20 years or so, which could easily be catastrophes. There was leakage in heavy water tanks of Kota nuclear plant and Tarapur plant in 1992 and a heavy water leak in Kalapakam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu. Thus India must wake up to possible disasters and take necessary measures. Requisite repairs and corrections have been undertaken by all the countries of the world where there are nuclear plants in existence or are under construction.
World can not do without nuclear energy for peaceful purposes like electricity and will have to build more nuclear plants in 21st century and even thereafter, as the need of energy will be increasing tremendously in this century. Besides harnessing solar energy, wind power energy. Accordingly, it is important to emphasize that all the countries of the world should do their best to undertake speedily improvements because of modern techniques in all the existing nuclear plants and the plants under construction at various stages and plants that are yet to be built. The world is, because of warming of Globe, likely to get more earthquakes and Tsunamis. There has been earthquake in Pakistan and north India close to Delhi recently and earthquake of 7.1 intensity in Japan on 6th April 2011. Japan got worried that it would cause another Tsunami and cautioned the entire country. Luckily for Japan there was no Tsunami and soon Japanese government withdrew cautions.

April 13, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. This is a very insightful yet worrying post Mr. Singh. In a bid to have a luxurious lifestyle, we have threatened our own existence. Do you think technology has turned out to be a trap we’ve designed for ourselves?

    Comment by Forbidden Fruit | April 29, 2011 | Reply

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