You'd think the Japanese, having lived for eons in the center of world-wide tectonic acivity, would know better than to construct an earthquake-susceptible nuclear power plant. You'd be wrong...
A 6.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Japan's northwest coast on Monday, killing at least seven people, injuring hundreds and damaging a nuclear reactor that leaked water containing radioactive material into the sea.
The Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power plant, the world's largest in terms of power output capacity, leaked about 1.5 liters of water in the building housing one of its seven reactors, said Katsuya Uchino, an official with plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co.
Uchino said the water contained a tiny amount of radioactive material - a billionth of the guideline under Japanese law - and is believed to have flushed into the sea.
Boy the wacky environmentalist zealots around the world will have a field day on this one. But there's one fact they'll ignore. I've heard this story reported dozens of time over the weekend on TV and the internet and only today have I read where the leakage was limited to 1.5 liters(approximately the same amount of product John Edwards uses daily on his hair). Everybody in the media is wailing about the environmental disaster...you'd think it was Chernobyl all over again.
As it turns out, the Japanese can build a nuclear reactor right on top of the ring-of-fire.