Are We Safe from a Nuclear Meltdown?


Let’s suppose there is nothing to fear from the Japanese Fukushima Power Plant meltdown here on the West Coast, namely our West Coast. Preparing for fallout is not only responsible, but realistic when you consider that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission failed to resolve known safety problems, which led to 14 near misses in the United States Nuclear Power Plants in 2009 and 2010. Those men in charge of the Fukushima Power Plant in the Futaba District of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, have been evasive and tight lipped since the Power Plant experienced a meltdown. Their behavior certainly signaled alarm among the Japanese population living near the Power Plant. In fact, that alarm was felt throughout Japan. The Fukushima Meltdown caused concern in Hawaii and along our West Coast. Perhaps if the men in charge of Fukushima had been more forthcoming in the first hours of the disaster, the Nuclear Energy experts appearing on television would have known what to tell us. Many of those Nuclear Energy people retained by the networks were not sure what was happening at the Fukushima Power Plant.

Do we know the full story about the immediate dangers from the Fukushima meltdown? If an earthquake triggered a tsunami at San Onofre where the San Onofre Power Plant is located, what could we expect? First of all, the Nuclear Power Plant at San Onofre Power Plant is in a dense area of fault lines. Victor Dricks of the Federal Regulatory Commission says San Onofre could withstand a 30-foot wave. Critics of San Onofre Power Plant disagree. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein have written Dr. Gregory Jaczko, Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, requesting they evaluate safety and emergency preparedness. If we travel approximately 160 miles up the coast to San Luis Obispo, CA, you will find the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. This Nuclear Power Plant is located on the edge of the Pacific Ocean at Avila Beach. The Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant is built over a geological fault line — a second fault line is near by.

Diablo is designed to withstand a 6.7 magnitude earthquake. The closest populated cities are San Luis Obispo, CA (twelve miles away), and Paso Robles, CA (31 miles away).

From reports I have read, those people in charge of Fukushima never believed an earthquake would cause a meltdown at their facility. It is one thing for a meltdown to occur from safety mishaps. It is quite another when nature takes over.

When the tsunami came ashore in Thailand, no one knew what was happening. People stood along the shore watching as the giant wave consumed everything in its path of destruction, including those people watching the tsunami come ashore. When I was a kid, a tsunami was the stuff of fairy tales. There are more than a hundred Nuclear Power Plants operating in the United States. If you are interested in reading information about Nuclear Power Plants, check out

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