Friday, April 22, 2011

Are we ready for a nuclear accident?

The news out of Japan this week is that the government is getting serious about enforcing its 12 mile evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.  Reporters who have ventured into the zone report that the landscape to be surreal and like time standing still.  80,000 people have been displaced and have no idea when they will be able to return to their homes.  At a minimum it will be another nine months.  But it may be years, if ever.  25 years after Chernobyl, the evacuation zone is still home to nothing more than ghost towns.


But what would happen if a US nuclear power plant experienced a disaster similar to that still unfolding in Japan?  This CNN video shows that a disaster near New York would impact millions of people:

View CNN video here.

What are your thoughts about nuclear power now?

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