The disaster in Japan is far from over. In fact, a growing number of experts are warning” the fate of the world depends on the stability of Japan’s Fukushima Reactor 4.” The situation is so dire that U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, a senior member of the Senate’s energy committee, is telling the U.S. government to take immediate action to prevent a catastrophic doomsday scenario.
Reactor 4: A Ticking Time Bomb?
One of the biggest dangers is the No. 4 reactor at the stricken Fukushima plant. Experts are voicing concerns that the spent fuel pool in the No. 4 reactor poses a major global threat. They say that the building is barely intact and faces the possibility of a major collapse. If the storage pool breaks and runs dry, the nuclear fuel inside could explode and spread a massive amount of radioactive substances throughout the world.
Alarmed by the situation in Japan, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon sent letters to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko and Japanese ambassador to the U.S. Ichiro Fujisaki. He is asking the international community to immediately address this situation.
Robert Alvarez, a nuclear waste expert and former senior adviser to the Secretary of Energy during the Clinton administration, is warning that the plant is extremely unstable. He says “another large earthquake or event could cause a catastrophic reactor fire releasing 10 times more cesium-137 than was released at Chernobyl.”
A global catastrophe waiting to happen?
Akio Matsumura, a former UN diplomat, voiced his concerns earlier this month saying the following leaves little to question:
- Many scientists believe that it will be impossible to remove the 1,535 fuel assemblies in the pool of Reactor 4 within two or three years.
- Japanese scientists give a greater than 90 percent probability that an earthquake of at least 7.0 magnitude will occur in the next three years in the close vicinity of Fukushia-Daiichi.
- The crippled building of Reactor 4 will not stand through another strong earthquake.
- Japan and the TEPCO do not have adequate nuclear technology and experience to handle a disaster of such proportions alone.
He believes the 11,000 highly radioactive spent fuel assemblies, “present a clear threat to the people of Japan and the world.”
Akio Matsumura has sent a letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon saying,” It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of Japan and the whole world depends on NO.4 reactor.” He went on to say “This is not rocket science, nor does it connect to the pugilistic debate over nuclear power plants. This is an issue of human survival.”