News Remember Godzilla?
posted by July 16 at 12:56 PMon
There was a gigantic earthquake in Japan today and eight people died. That’s bad.
But this seems potentially worse:
KASHIWAZAKI, Japan -
A strong earthquake shook Japan’s northwest coast Monday, setting off a fire at the world’s most powerful nuclear power plant and causing a reactor to spill radioactive water into the sea - an accident not reported to the public for hours.
Officials said there was no “significant change” in the seawater near the plant, which is about 160 miles northwest of Tokyo.
… but …
That fed fresh concerns about the safety of Japan’s 55 nuclear reactors, which supply 30 percent of the quake-prone country’s electricity and have suffered a long string of accidents and cover-ups.
(Eerily, the Atomic Age officially began 62 years ago today, when the United States detonated a plutonium-based nuclear weapon in New Mexico. Happy birfday, Atomic Age! Maybe this year you’ll get that giant death lizard you’ve always wanted… )