Arnold Gundersen with a new report on the Fukushima meltdowns and their worldwide implications
This week Dr Caldicott welcomes back nuclear engineer Arnold Gundersen for yet another update on the stricken Fukushima plant which suffered multiple nuclear meltdowns in 2011. As background, read the May 5 article Thousands March as Japan Shuts off Nuclear Power, for Now: Japan goes nuke free for first time in four decades amidst pressure to restart and the April 7 article Fukushima Reactor 4: Life On Planet Earth in the Balance. They discuss the vulnerabilities of each of the four damaged reactors including the worldwide implications if much more radiation is released, and the psychological effects on the Japanese of the disaster. They also talk about California’s two nuclear power plants, both right on the coastline and on or very close to major earthquake faults. A meltdown at San Onofre, north of San Diego, would contaminate Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County, and render a huge part of the state uninhabitable. Watch Gundersen talk about the recent shutdown at San Onofre because of steam-generator leaks. Read Latest Accident at San Onofre Nuclear Plant Worries Activists, Residents and check out Daily Beast’s report on the Most Vulnerable U.S. Nuclear Plants. Check out the San Onofre Nuclear Safety Issues site. And see Nuclear Russian Roulette in California: Dan Hirsch on San Onofre, which includes video of the presentation by Hirsch, from an Oct. 2011 panel which also featured Dr. Caldicott and Gundersen. The talk covers how a nuclear accident at San Onofre would trap eight million people.