No it isn\’t, dumbass!

It was confirmed that radioactive caesium, one of the elements released when overheating causes core damage, had been detected around the plant. The discovery indicates that meltdown, caused by a nuclear reaction running out of control, had affected the first reactor\’s fuel rods – although possibly only to a limited extent.

You cannot have the nuclear reaction running out of control in a light water reactor, dimbo!

It\’s true that the residual heat can melt the fuel rods, entirely bugger up the system, but the nuclear reaction has stopped. That bit is over.

Those opposed to nuclear power will not let the incident be forgotten, as Jan Beranek, head of Greenpeace\’s international nuclear campaign, made clear. \”How many more warnings do we need before we finally grasp that nuclear reactors are inherently hazardous? The nuclear industry always tells us that situation like this cannot happen with modern reactors, yet Japan is currently in the middle of a potentially devastating nuclear crisis,\” he said.

So, we\’ve the fifth largest earthquake in a century, the seventh largest recorded, we\’ve a 30 foot wall of water that roars in from the ocean at 500 mph and the end result is that a few people get about half the radiation they would get from having a CT scan?

And you want to argue that this proves nuclear is dangerous?

Do stop being an ideological little cocksucker matey, please.

11 thoughts on “No it isn\’t, dumbass!”

  1. It gets even better — Merkel has ordered a check of all German nuclear powerstations… and the Greens and friends are hyperventillating their heads off in righteousness.

    Germany after all is that well-known earth quake territory…

  2. ““How many more warnings do we need before we finally grasp that nuclear reactors are inherently hazardous? ”

    So’s crossing the road. And handling food. And showering. And life in general. You know what? Everything is inherently hazardous and requires managing risks compared to its potential benefits. And what greater benefit could there be than a tried, tested, reliable power source that will provide years of cheap electricity to make those shitty little electric cars fart around? I can’t tell if these people are naive or malignant; it’s probably a little bit of both.

    “Germany after all is that well-known earth quake territory…”

    Don’t forget the British Isles. Lots of lethal faultlines under there.

  3. ” the nuclear reaction has stopped”: strictly it’s the chain reaction that’s stopped – decays are nuclear reactions too. (I’m just trying to save you from descending to journalistic levels, Tim.)

  4. “…Merkel has ordered a check of all German nuclear powerstations… “

    The German equivalent of Honest Tone ordering those tanks to sit outside Heathrow a few years ago?

  5. By pure coincidence there have been a few powerful (for Germany) earthquakes here in recent months, so it is not surprising if they remain fresh in the memory of people who can easily go a quarter century between minor shakes.

  6. The Pedant-General

    “Tim adds: Quite high. It’s a 20 banana a day habit…..”

    Hmmm…. what would our “5-a-day coordinators” make of that?

  7. @9
    Let’s get that “earthquakes in Germany” (shock horror!) in proportion:
    Article talks about M4.0 earthquakes.
    There was a 4.6 in Spain’s Sierra Nevadas last year. Near as I can work out I was standing on the epicentre. I found out about it when I read the news in the following week’s paper.

  8. Sorry, I don’t know what “*():” means.

    Here, there were protests at the Biblis nuclear power plant (about 50km from Frankfurt, where I am) triggered by the Japanese earthquake. Going to a protest on a Saturday afternoon, especially a nice middle class protest on a nice spring day, is something of a national sport.

    However, I seriously doubt these would have happened without the M4.4 of last month (which was definitely very feelable here in Frankfurt and thus probably down there as well) that reminded people that quakes, however insignificant, can happen here too. Without that they would have spent Saturday protesting against some other convenience of modern life like extra runways or wider motorways. Before driving to the airport to cath a flight on Monday morning of course.

    And of course, while M4.4 is about as big as they get here, no doubt a lot of the protesters were thinking that, well, M8.9 is only twice that, innit? So a bit bigger next time and she could blow!

    (Yes I am aware the Richter scale is logarithmic – my point is that most people also know that but don’t have the first idea what it means.)

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