Thursday, July 21, 2011

One more Fukushima mention

The nuclear "disaster" in Japan seems to have fallen off the radar of late, replaced instead with incensed stories of the US debt ceiling, Rupert Murdoch's questionable business practices, and Sarah Palin's tour bus (if this isn't proof that the media is sensationalist, I don't know what is). Even I have let it go, after three posts (1,2,3) on the topic. But I wanted to share a rather prescient quote from Dr. Bernard L. Cohen, nuclear physicist at the University of Pittsburgh, in his 1990 book The Nuclear Energy Option:
Any system can be destroyed by a sufficiently powerful earthquake, but in an earthquake strong enough to cause a nuclear reactor meltdown, effects of the meltdown would be a relatively minor addition to the consequences of that earthquake.
We knew it then, and we know it now: freak accidents are exactly that. Freak accidents.

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