Monday, February 6, 2012
Radioactive Rain (March 21st, 2011)
This is what my last full day in Tokyo looked like.
It was really strange. I don't know if it was because they didn't want to say there how much radioactive fallout in the rain there would be or if they just did not know. They did tell everyone to try not to be out in it. It pretty much sums everything up that happened. I think because it would have been Herculean to try to evacuate everyone south of Fukushima (that would be not just Tokyo but Chiba prefecture too) and the fact that thankfully it had not reached worst case scenario, that keeping the reporting some what level was actually the best for everyone since panicking wouldn't have helped.
However whoever was responsible for getting out accurate information of radiation readings in different areas, giving more detailed information about TEPCO and handling disasters, that all was fail. Since not a lot of new information has come out about readings from that time I'd say Japan just was not prepared for this at all. As for TEPCO, seriously, it's a shame. At almost a year later nothing has changed and if a similar earthquake and tsunami hit at the right place, Japan would once again have another disaster on their hands. At least they are taking almost all of the reactors off line but after that...will things change?
And I have to say I don't think any country has the total capability to prevent a Fukushima from happening. As long as they say operators should keep things from going bad in case of an accident, remember that Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and Fukushima Dai-ichi all went bad because of operators not handling things right. Humans are fallible. You don't know how they are going to react in a crisis. Heck, they wanted to run away from Dai-ichi. It's a shame.