Alternate History Thursday: Fukushima


On March 11, 2011 a tsunami hit the coast of Japan.  If that’s not devastation enough, we soon learned that the nuclear power plant Fukushima Daiichi was majorly effected, and was in the process of a melt down.  To date it is only the 2nd nuclear event to be designated a Level 7 on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale, which is Major Accident, the repercussions of this accident are still relatively unknown while the rest of the world tries to figure out just how bad things are spiraling out of control.

I’m not going to go over the events of the following days, I’m just here to remind you of the things that happened and to get you interested.  As many of you hopefully know I am a strong proponent of Nuclear power, and the events of March 2011 were not primarily the result of man.  You could say, (and it has been said in various reports), that this was entirely TEPCO’s fault, but that’s looking at it in hindsight, which is simply not fair.

Anyway, I’m already getting concerned that I might go off on a useless tangent, so I’m going to end this post before I begin it.  Fukushima was bad, but it wasn’t the worst and it shouldn’t cause you to worry about nuclear power.  It’s still far safer then coal, or oil, or natural gas.

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