Giant Typhoon Heads Straight For Japan's Ruined Nuclear Plant

Although Fukushima's wrecked reactors aren't melting down any longer, the entire complex is clogged with extremely radioactive water. The building's also blown to hell ever since it, uh, exploded twice. So what could make things worse? This typhoon's massive downpour.

Extreme rain of Typhoon Roke combined with wind speeds over 100 MPH could be one of the worst things that happens to Fukushima short of another tsunami. Not only is the plant full of coolant water pumped in by TEPCO, the plant's owner, Bloomberg reports 500 tons of groundwater is flowing in every single day. The expected residential damage is such that 1,000,000 Japanese have already been evacuated from their homes. If the storm strikes Fukushima in the right way, water soaked with horribly toxic radioactive isotopes could be blown along with all the rest of the wind and debris, to say nothing of the extra flooding the plant will receive.

As you can see from this NOAA satellite image, it's one hell of a big storm. Here's hoping it's nowhere near as bad on the ground. [NOAA via Hiroko Tabuchi, Bloomberg]


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    And they call Nuclear power safe and it probably is when everything goes according to plan unfortunately mother nature cannot read these plans and has ideas of her own. When will we learn ....

      Someone has an opinion on the internet! I will prove them wrong, with a GRAPH:

      http://transitionvoice.com/2011/03/nukes-are-scary-but-dont-forget-coal/

      Bam, There are a whole lot less Nuclear Power related deaths, but they all have a higher-media focus than other power sources

        Yes but radioactive material will last on for ages, affecting not only people, but animal, and crop. It's not only about human deaths.

          I lived in Europe through Chernobyl: life goes on, people still eat their greens and nom their beefs.

    I believe in Nuclear Power now more than ever because of the extreme leaps in plant design made since 1986 and the relative cleanliness of operation. Fukushima was past its use by date (it was well over 40 years old), and the retrofitting performed on it did not account for the worst tsunami in over 300 years.

    Before you go telling me that radioactive waste is bad and it will kill everyone *blah blah blah* remember that paper mills account for the highest environmental impact to our planet and the toxic waste produced from smelting ores is just as dangerous and produced on a scale much higher than that of nuclear.

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