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  •  20,000 people died in the tsunami and earthquake (8+ / 0-)

    A mention of that would be thoughtful.  That loss is certainly more meaningful than estimates or projections of hypothetical deaths.

    No offense meant to the anti-nuclear activists, but it seems the real tragedy has been forgotten.

    •  The tsunami is over, at least this one, (6+ / 0-)

      and heaven help those people who have had their lives ended and overturned. Truly terrible.

      Fukushima continues, and will continue, through at least my grandchildren's life. There is no guarantee that there will not be further massive earthquakes and/or tsunamis in Japan, or any other active region on earth.

      A little too early to say what the real tragedy is, isn't it?

      We know Japan's population's exposure to radioactive cesium is heavy and widespread.


      Today, if you exist... that's already suspicious.

      by Jim P on Thu Mar 08, 2012 at 10:12:13 AM PST

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      •  Did we almost lose all of Asia? ... and (1+ / 0-)
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        other fantasies. No, they never came close to 'losing Tokyo'. But boy, doesn't that sound so juicy, Jim? Like most DK stuff on Fukushima, it's all Doomer Vintage 2011.

        D.

        Dr. Isaac Asimov: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny ...'"

        by davidwalters on Thu Mar 08, 2012 at 04:57:17 PM PST

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        •  Your desperation is showing David. (2+ / 0-)
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          If TEPCO had completely abandoned the site, as they proposed, the damage would have been worse, and Tokyo would have been lost. If reactor 4 had been running, it would have been worse as well. So, strong government decision combined with pure luck saved Tokyo. So far, if another earthquake doesn't bring down #4, or other plants.

          If you want to pretend the levels of radioactive elements the people there were, and are continuing to be, exposed to have no health effects... maybe a few peons, but I guess "you can't make an omelette...", .

          Not your kids anyway, are they?

          The revelations came in a 400-page report published by a panel of experts who were given free rein to probe the events surrounding the world's worst nuclear crisis in a generation.

          "I had this demonic scenario in my head" that nuclear reactors could break down one after another, then chief cabinet secretary Yukio Edano told the panel.

          "If that happens Tokyo will be finished," he said, according to the report.

          The panel said as the situation on Japan's tsunamiwrecked coast worsened, Fukushima operator Tokyo Electric Power had wanted to abandon the plant and evacuate its workers.

          But the utility, which refused to co-operate with the study, was ordered to keep men on site by then prime minister Naoto Kan.

          Experts concluded that if the premier had not stuck to his guns, Fukushima would have spiralled further out of control, with catastrophic consequences.

          "When the prime minister's office was aware of the risk the country may not survive (the crisis) ... TEPCO's president (Masataka) Shimizu ... frantically called" to tell the premier he wanted his staff to leave the crippled nuclear reactor, panel head Koichi Kitazawa told a news conference.

          Kitazawa said Kan threatened to break up the powerful utility if the company insisted on pulling its men out. He said Kan's refusal to bow to TEPCO's demand had averted a worse crisis.

          Kan told Shimizu: "It's impossible. If you withdraw staff, TEPCO will be demolished," according to Kitazawa.

          "Consequently, it's Mr. Kan's biggest contribution that the Fukushima 50 remained at the site."

          http://www.windsorstar.com/...

          You nuke-boosters are so naive, david.


          Today, if you exist... that's already suspicious.

          by Jim P on Thu Mar 08, 2012 at 05:37:56 PM PST

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    •  Thanks for your concern (0+ / 0-)

      let's have a moment of silence for the victims.

    •  Yes, digging through mounds of epidemiological (1+ / 0-)
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      data to eventually ascribe a few dozen deaths to Fukushima definitely seems to miss the core of the tragedy.

      It's a good political agenda, however!

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