• Earthquakes on land don't cause tsunami. In addition it's those subduction zone eathquakes that cause tsunami's. That's a pretty easy problem to get around.

    "Grander vision"......hmmmm, maybe that would help. If everyone would just think positively. Yep, I can see it now, everyone grab a shovel and start digging.

    March 16, 2011 at 1:22 p.m.
  • Earthquakes cause tsunamis.

    March 16, 2011 at 11:13 a.m.
  • Not really a lot of space if think with a grander vision, though, is it?

    March 16, 2011 at 10:46 a.m.
  • "What about solar, wind, etc. jobs that won't blow up and kill us?"

    I'm guessing the Japanese nukes produce about 3,000 to 4,000 megawatts of electricity. To duplicate this power with wind mills here would take about 3,500 wind turbines covering 970 square miles. Victoria county is about 880 square miles, so get use to driving around a lot of wind mills. Wind and solar energy are a pipe dreams pure BS - I guess I can still use that term?

    March 16, 2011 at 10:36 a.m.
  • It wasn't the earthquake it was the tsunami - this from the internet explains it a little better.

    "Why didn’t they prepare for an earthquake?

    They did. In fact, all Japanese nuclear power plants are specifically designed to withstand earthquakes, because – surprise – Japan rests in a highly earthquake prone region. In fact, taking into account the raw power of the earthquake (which apparently shifted the coastline of Japan by 8 feet and the Earth’s axis by 4 inches), I am rather surprised that the nuclear plants are holding up as well as they did.

    Some people think the current trouble at Fukushima is a direct result of the earthquake, but it isn’t. First of all, as soon as the earthquake hit, the nuclear reactors went into automatic shut down mode. Now, please understand that shutting down a nuclear core is not as simple as turning off a light switch; even after the shut down procedure is initiated, it takes many days for the core of the reactor to cool because of the presence of so much residual heat. This is why the cooling system is so important, and in the case of Fukushima this is where the real problem came along once the tsunami hit. From what I understand, the water cooled system there was run by a set of diesel engines which failed after the tsunami flooded them. Once that happened, there was no way to effectively cool the core. Of course, there are now efforts underway to cool the core using seawater, and as long as the core temperature can be decreased – by whatever method – then in a few days the reactor core will be completely shut off.

    Now, some people have made an argument that the danger of the diesel engines being flooded by a tsunami is an obvious design flaw, and I might agree. Regardless of whether or not there are design flaws, you can be rest assured that nuclear scientists & engineers will definitely learn from this incident and design better power plants."

    March 16, 2011 at 9:06 a.m.
  • Why worry, the only thing that can go wrong with a nuclear power plant is an earthquake - right?

    March 16, 2011 at 8:37 a.m.
  • Of course they have a vested interest and will say positive things about their nuclear plants. BUT it only takes one unexpected incident to devastate a large area, kill thousands of people, animals, marine life, land and our drinking water. Besides where are they burying the nuclear waste, the pink elephant in the room??? They promise jobs and we say yes. What about solar, wind, etc. jobs that won't blow up and kill us? Are we so hungry for $$$ that we compromise our well being?

    March 16, 2011 at 7:52 a.m.
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    March 15, 2011 at 10:28 p.m.