Friday, March 25, 2011

We're Living On The Edge

Guardian (UK): Update: Fukushima

FOX News: Dangerous Breach/Radioactive Water Now A Concern

CNN: Reactor-By-Reactor Status Report

VOA News: Radiation Spread Continues

The Atlantic: How Big Are Nuclear Danger Zones?

The State (SC): What's So Scary About Nuclear Power?

Damage At Fukushima:

BBC (UK): Article And Video

Xinhaunet: EU Leaders: Nuclear Plants To Be Tested

I have been watching seismic activity around the world since I first posted "Something's Shaking" last month...BEFORE the disaster in Japan. Since the earthquake and tsunami in that Country, I have noticed that more earthquakes, of a higher magnitude (above average) are continuing to occur in different parts of the world.

I have made use of CNN's "How Close Is Your Home To A Nuclear Plant" and was surprised to realize how close Little Rock, Arkansas is to one. Little Rock could experience at least a magnitude 7 earthquake. In fact, an earthquake could occur that might affect a nuclear plant near Los Angeles or Phoenix, Arizona.

I've bookmarked the CNN link because I think that it's a good idea to do so.

I am not a "prepare to meet thy doom" sort of person. But I believe that forewarned is forearmed. After all, didn't the Japanese assume that everything would be alright before they faced this latest natural disaster?

Yet, I can see some good, old boy in Arkansas saying, "It won't happen here. Why, this plant is safe from just about everything. Yup, (pat, pat) this box is as strong as an ox."

Uh, huh. Right.

A major earthquake could happen here in Bozeman, Montana.

"The USGS database shows that there is a 74.646% chance of a major earthquake within 50 kilometers of Bozeman, Montana within the next 50 years. The largest earthquake in the Bozeman, Montana area was a 6.1 Magnitude in 1975."--USGS.

But the closest nuclear plant to this city is the Columbia Generating Station, near Kennewick, Washington. It's 400 miles away.

What are the stats in your community?

Everyone has to deal with Mother Nature in this Country. You either have to be mindful of mud slides or wildfires, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, droughts, volcanoes, tsunamis, extreme heat or cold, nor'easters or blizzards.

And no matter what the nuclear threat is in relation to where we live...we all have to answer to Mother Nature. A radiation emergency in the United States would, in one way or another, impact us all.

Because we're all living on the edge.

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