Nuclear Emergency in Fukushima

Quake shifted Japan coast by 8 feet, Earth’s axis by 4 inches

Japan Sunday revised the magnitude of the earthquake that struck the country’s northeastern region to 9.0 from 8.8 on the Richter scale. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the March 11 quake at 8.9 on the Richter scale.  Reports state anywhere from 1,000 to over 10,000 people have died, and thousands are missing; from the earthquake and resultant 30 foot tsunami waves that flooded inland (see NASA satellite picture above).

In a natural disaster and resultant nuclear emergency like this, geiger counters would help people be aware when radioactive steam or gases are released and are at a dangerous level to health. International Medcom is looking for sponsors to help send geiger counters to Japan.

Dan Sythe (International Medcom), Henry Dakin and I (Washington Research Institute) put a remote geiger counter radiation detection network around Chernobyl in the mid-80’s. The Chernobyl plant was venting radioactive gases, without warning the surrounding population.

The Chernobyl nuclear accident occurred on 26 April 1986, at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. It is considered the worst nuclear power plant accident in history. For more information on the Fukushima nuclear plant, see Wikipedia article. ~ Ed Ellsworth

The situation at the Fukushima plant is seeing comparisons drawn to the Chernobyl nuclear explosion, which was the world’s worst atomic plant disaster. It happened 25 years ago in the Ukraine, but the effects of the contamination are still felt today.