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Nov. 21, 2016

(NaturalNews) Following a 7.4 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan today, the cooling pumps for the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear facility shut down, exposing 2,544 fuel rods to the possibility of overheating and achieving "criticality."


From, quoting NHK reporters:


"The cooling system has STOPPED. They are not able to find out what caused the stoppage... maybe the earthquake caused shaking..."


"...the water cooling system has stopped and water circulating to cool the fuel pool has stopped, however the water at the fuel pool is enough to keep the fuel pools cool... the water in the pool is enough and therefore it is not going to create a dangerous situation immediately..."


"There is no immediate danger at the nuclear power plant... the water system that supplies cooling has stopped... the water temperature is 27 degrees and will not rise to dangerous levels for a while..."


A few minutes later NHK World reported, "the water temperature is 28.7 degrees" and rising... "there will be an increase of 0.2 degrees per hour, meaning it will take one week to reach [limits]."


Now, NHK is reporting that cooling pumps have been restored at the Fukushima-Daiichi facility.


The tsunami did not achieve a fear 10-foot wave as was originally warned by Japan's government officials. The highest level reported so far was 140cm, or roughly five feet.




The world just dodged another global-killing bullet

With 2,544 fuel rods exposed in the Fukushima fuel rod pool, open to the atmosphere, the risk remains that a single earthquake, tsunami or other natural disaster could unleash the worst nuclear catastrophe in the history of the world.


As the risk of the tsunami fades, the world is breathing a sigh of relief, realizing we all just dodged another bullet.


It's also a reminder of just how fragile our world really is, when a single offshore earthquake can set events into motion that could contaminate the entire northern hemisphere for 200 - 300 years.


Maybe it's time we took a second look at the foolishness of nuclear power plants that aren't designed to cool themselves without external power.