Unheeded Warnings: Earthquakes and Nuclear Power

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 18:27 PM
March 21, 2011

Japan’s nuclear disaster has awakened concern around the world, not only about the operation of nuclear power plants, but also about the storage of nuclear waste materials.  Especially in the United States, the relationship between newly discovered earthquake faults and nuclear power plants is of utmost of concern.  U.S. nuclear scientists insist that terrorist threat warnings on 911 caused power plant operators to upgrade the storage of waste materials, supposedly putting the U.S. decades ahead of Japanese safety measures.  However, the Japanese also had warnings about earthquakes and nuclear power sites that long went unheeded.

 For instance, on July 16, 2007, a 6.8 earthquake hit Japan’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa’s Nuclear plant––which is, in fact, the largest nuclear facility in the world.  Then, as now, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) was very slow to admit the actual damage to the facility.  It turned out that 400 barrels of stored radioactive waste were spilled and 317 gallons made it into the Sea of Japan.  At that time, the Citizens Nuclear Information Center (CNIC) reported: “In just two years three earthquakes . . . have exceeded the ‘extreme design earthquake’ assumed at the time the plants were built.”  While the Nuclear Safety Commission then revised earthquake guidelines for TEPCO, plants were not even temporarily shut down.

 Keith Darce of the San Diego Union-Tribune cites a report from Energy Resources International that some 65,000 metric tons of spent uranium are currently being stored around the United States.   He adds that “U.S. reactors generate about 2,210 metric tons of new radioactive waste annually.”  The problem is that, as in Japan, many of these storage sites sit on recently discovered earthquake faults.  Brian Merchant of planet green.com writes that this spent uranium is kept in 131 separate sites in 39 states––including some 31 million pounds of uranium waste at one site in Fernald, Ohio alone.  Shamefully, no one seems to know how long this waste must stay in storage.  Some say 60 years, others say 1,000.  I will have more on these time factors in the next installment!

 As a member of the International Association of Truth Telling Women Journalists, I must say that when considering the amount of deadly nuclear waste stored in first world countries, it is easy to envision complete world-wide annihilation.  As a Christian, who keeps a keen eye on Bible prophecies,  the debate as to whether or not the reign of Antichrist will be confined to a few nations in Europe, Northern Africa, and the Middle East, or that it will be world-wide seems irrelevant.  Obviously, unless God intervenes to end this nuclear madness, human beings are now more than capable of killing earth’s entire population.  Thus, one must pray with the beloved Apostle John as He responds to The Lord Jesus’ promised return:  “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly.  Amen.  Even so come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22: 20).

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