Japan is one earthquake away from an unbelievably catastrophic nuclear disaster. As the Fukushima crisis – now in its 16th month – continues, experts are warning that spent fuel pools stored in the crippled reactor 4 building won’t be able to withstand another earthquake.
Reactor 4 holds the most radioactive spent fuel of any of the reactors on the site – and another earthquake could lead to a loss of cooling water – causing a radioactive fire spewing more radiation into the atmosphere than was originally released when the crisis began last year. It could also trigger a chain reaction of fires across the planet – leading to nuclear crisis far worse than the Chernobyl disaster.
This is a scenario that would not only leave Japan facing irreversible damage – but the entire planet as well. Keep an eye on this – it could happen here in America if we continue our addiction to the most dangerous form of energy on the planet – nuclear.