The Japanese government has acknowledged that the nuclear plants in Fukushima were not prepared well enough for a disaster. And thus the plants were not protected well enough.
When the crisis is over they will conducts a thorough investigation of what happened and they will review safety measures.
Already over a week the media buzzed about some paperwork that showed that the owner of the plants, Tepco, didn’t take the risk of a high tsunami very serious. They simply ignored a report about a possible nuclear disaster presented to them in 2007.
The report showed that safety measures were only 90% safe, and should be adjusted because they were not good enough for a high tsunami.
So there are people to blame for this disaster.
And maybe a some of them know it very well.
Masataka Shimizu one of the highest men of Tepco (Tokyo Electric Power) was reported to be ill 5 days after the earthquake and tsunami and he stayed away for a week.
Tepco itself states he was working at the headquarters in Tokyo, leading the teaskforce, wheras an employee said he was almost all the time in a bed in a small room beside the meetingroom of the taskforce.
But regardless of this, the stockmarket reacted with great force. And the worth of the Tepco stocks has lowered over 70%.
What this will mean is unknown.
Cleaning up the reactors is a very expensive job.
Tepco won’t be able to pay this completely and if the government will jump in and for how much is unknown at the time.
People up to 20 km of the plant are evacuated and are told not to go back to their homes, not even to fetch things.
It’s unclear how they will be compensated and where they have to go to built a new life.
According to Greenpeace there are high levels of readioactivity measured far further than 20 kms from the plant.
So one can assume health risks will become real problems in a few years time: cancer caused by radiation.
The expenses will be high and will stay high over a long period of time.
The economical consequences are already seen. many countries screen the products from Japan very carefully.
For those who have been asking how the friends of my son are doing: they’re all traced and one is in hospital. Others are at home or safe somewhere else. But all are very aware of the dangers of the plant and are worried about relatives who live nearer to the plant.
One of the scare things is, according to them, that radioactivity can’t be smelled or seen, so people don’t feel safe at all, leading to stress and such.
When Japan is not mentioned in the media as often as it is now, they fear they will get less medical attention.
I feel for them.