Posts Tagged Fukushima

To eat or Not to Eat?

Deformed fruit from Saitama

Deformed fruit from Saitama

Ever since the earthquake cum tsunami incident that destroyed the nuclear plants at Fukushima, the effort to contain radioactive fallout is apparently futile. Official reports on the situation there are scanty. The Abe government has since November 2013, effectively placed a gag order to prohibit unauthorised reports of the calamity. Under these circumstances, speculation of the true nature of the nuclear disaster is rife. What is the impact of the aftermath and on the ongoing effort to mitigate radioactive contamination cannot be adequately assessed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fukushima Diplomacy – Singapore Style

Last week, the world turned its attention to Ukraine. Malaysian flight MH17 was shot down over war-torn Ukraine. Perhaps many people have forgotten that Ukraine also the took center stage on world news almost three decades ago. On Saturday, 26 April 1986, disaster struck at reactor number four of the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine. Just like last week’s event, the world was shocked when the nuclear meltdown took down the nuclear plant. The mishap caused a large 30 km off-limits cordon around the area. Besides uprooting more than 350,000 residents, the enormous cost to the tune of USD$18 billion was incurred for containment and decontamination purposes. The economic costs and the impact on health have not been fully evaluated. Nuclear accidents are not new. The world’s first nuclear power plant was commissioned on June 27, 1954 in Obninsk. Before Chernobyl, the first serious nuclear plant accident occurred at Three Mile Island in 1979. Fukushima became the next victim. In 2011, a huge earthquake induced a tsunami that took down three nuclear plants at Fukushima-Daiichi. Read the rest of this entry »

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