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Wait, What Happened to Godzilla?

July 19, 2011

Somehow I think this is anti-climactic

Japan says the crippled reactors at its tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant have reached stability more than four months ago after the disaster.

Trade and industry minister Banri Kaieda also says the plant operators are making steady progress to bring the reactors to a cold shutdown within six months.

Officials describing progress at the plant on Tuesday said radiation around the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant has decreased from peak levels.

From what I could see, there was no mention of giant lizards breathing fire, or even a population with three heads emerging from holes in the ground.  I guess that means they aren’t around, since we’d still be in the headlines if they were.  Instead, the story had a half-life similar to all the radiation that never really made it out of the plant boundaries in the first place.

To repeat my take: the engineering of the plant stood up to a strike significantly more massive than it was supposed to take, and the backup-backup emergency systems kept things okay until it could be contained.  In the end, this was a non-story.

And I’m glad.  I hope this gets cooler (pun intended) heads to reconsider the rush away from nuclear power.

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  1. July 23, 2011 7:03 pm

    Me too. We live less than ten miles from the safest Nuclear power plant in the US, Oconee Nuclear power station run by Duke Energy. In fact, I just linked an article about Nuclear power this morning.

    Mike G.

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