The world’s going to freeze over? Ha! The Earth’s core is going to stop spinning? Ha Ha! Japan’s nuclear reactors aren’t sufficiently protected from potential earthquakes which may lead to unnecessary disaster? Ha Ha…oh, wait.
Japanese seismologist Katsuhiko Ishibashi has, for many years, filled the real life role of scientific doomsayer, attempting to engender a greater understanding of the perils of building nuclear power plants on top of fault lines.
Ishibashi, who coined the term “nuclear earthquake disaster,” has written extensively on the subject, and feels that nuclear plant engineers have been “overconfident” in the construction of Japan’s nuclear facilities.
His fears were justified in 1995 after an earthquake in Kobe, Japan and, more recently, after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and subsequent Fukushima Daiichi plant meltdown.
The Japan Atomic Energy Agency says they’re on top of it, but Ishibashi is not convinced they completely understand the danger. Regardless, the damage has already been done, and it’s up to them to ensure that such disasters are averted in the future.
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