David Suzuki: Fukushima the most terrifying situation imaginable
A video of Dr. David Suzuki’s comments at a recent University Alberta event is going viral, elevating concerns raised by independent media outlets like The Common Sense Canadian surrounding the dire, ongoing risks posed by Japan’s badly-damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear plant.
In the short video from October 31, posted by Aaron Paquette, Suzuki explains the catastrophic risk from 1,300 spent fuel rods which sit precariously perched in cooling tanks atop the flimsy Reactor 4 building. Another earthquake could crack the tanks, causing the rods to melt down, spewing massive quantities of radioactive debris into the atmosphere. Suzuki’s comments begin about 2 minutes in, following those of co-presenter, scientist David Schindler. Suzuki warns:
Suzuki calls for the Japanese government to welcome help from the international community in addressing this dire threat.
As we reported recently, Japan shows signs of taking the crisis more seriously – ratifying a program to remove the spent fuel rods from Reactor 4. The former prime minister who presided over the disaster, Naoto Kan, also recently publicly called for the world to learn from Fukushima and move away from nuclear power – though he offered little contrition for the reaction of his government or TEPCO to the ongoing disaster.
The Common Sense Canadian first raised these issues surrounding Reactor 4 a year and a half ago, in a story titled “Fukushima Reactor 4: The most important story nobody’s talking about”.