Japan’s situation involving its damaged nuclear reactors is heading into “critical mass” following more reactor failures from last week’s mega earthquake and subsequent tsunami tidal waves. Worries about this kind nightmarish scenario happening elsewhere, especially in the Middle East has been expressed in many media sources, including an article in the English version of Egypt’s Al Masry.
The environmental dangers of the radiation leakage from the Fukushima Diiachi nuclear plant following the explosion of one of its reactors could be very harmful to the world’s environment. The article quoted Greenpeace as saying that “Japan is in the middle of a nuclear crises with potentially devastating consequences.” But this you’d already know if you have been reading the news. American aid troops in the region are moving away from the nuclear plant after a plume of radiation was detected 100 miles from the reactor core.
Jan Berenek, International head of the NGO’s anti nuclear campaign was quoted as saying:
“The fact that the Fukushima nuclear power plant is leaking, or has been forced to deliberately release, contaminated gases from the reactor into the atmosphere means that all of the physical protection that was supposed to isolate radioactivity from the environment has failed. How many more warnings do people need to get before they understand that nuclear reactors are inherently hazardous?”
Nearly 200 people have been tested for exposure to radiation so far, and at least 3 have been diagnosed as having radiation sickness. Japan has been handing out iodine pills to counter radiation exposure.
The Fukushima Diiachi plant explosion may cause a complete melt down, similar to that which occurred in the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986. Besides large scale evacuations from the area near the site of the damaged Japanese plants, doses of stable potassium iodine have been given to persons exposed to potentially deadly radiation. Stable Potassium Iodine helps protect the body from radioactive exposure by blocking the intake of radioactive material in the thyroid gland.
The fact that a Middle East news site is giving this event attention must mean something, especially with Egypt’s planning to build a nuclear power facility. These plans could now be put on hold following the ouster of President Mubarek. The nightmare of the Chernobyl nuclear plant meltdown, in which more than 6,000 cases of thyroid and other cancers were diagnosed in children afterwords only stresses the potential dangers of these plants, according to Dr. Manny Alveraz, a physician who has medical consultation programs on the American Fox News Channel.
Chernobyl, 25 years later -still hot
The dangers of nuclear power plant radiation leakage in the event of earthquakes and other natural disasters, as well as nuclear “dirty bomb” terrorism has resulted in the desire to perfect an antidote to radiation sickness, such as being worked on in a number of places, including Israel’s Weizmann Institute.
The lessons learned from Chernobyl clearly show a need for such medications to protect cell tissue from breaking down or “self-destructing” when exposed to radiation.
Following the Chernobyl incident large sections of the Ukraine, where the plant was located, had to be evacuated. And even now, more than 25 years later, some areas still have radiation levels too high for human habitation. Meanwhile the site is in need of a new protective shield.
A similar tragedy occurring in a large area surrounding the damaged Japanese nuclear facilities could cause governmental authorities there to seriously reconsider nuclear energy for making electricity.
As to building a nuclear power plant on the banks of the Nile River in Egypt; or at the Red Sea port of Aqaba, as Jordan has under consideration, on a major earthquake fault zone is mind-boggling, to say the least. Maybe the outcome of Japan’s nuclear plant crisis will result in a major “reassessment” of using nuclear energy to create power. Other MENA countries, including those in the UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia are considering “going nuclear”.
Surely solar and other forms of renewable energy, including wind and wave energy, are much less damaging to the environment.
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