Monday, March 21, 2011

Are the Risks of Nuclear Power Being Overblown?

The Fukushima I nuclear accidents are a very serious matter.  However, the crisis is being misused as a heavy-handed warning against further expansion of nuclear power generation in the US.

Consider the facts:

  • The Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant is nearly 40 years old
  • The plant was only designed to handle a magnitude 8.0 earthquake (the Tōhoku earthquake was measured at 9.0)
  • The plant was only designed to handle a tsunami of 5.7 meters (18.2 ft) but was subjected to waves of water 11 meters high
Here's a great visual chart of radiation dosing... see if you can find what the Fukushima I incident resulted in, along with Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and normal safe limits.