Google Earth & GeoEye give an image of overheating nuclear reactors in Japan: Radiation still a major worry

March 16, 2011, By Shawn Wagnon

Earthquake and tsunami have taken their toll on the land of Japan and while that has been disastrous enough, there is bigger trouble on the horizon with over-heated nuclear reactors that are threatened to go unstable. Plenty of work as been put in by those at the reactor sites and authorities to cool the reactors and while the threat of radiation leaking out of the 6 reactors became real all too soon, things are slowly starting to seem less dangerous.

The image of the overheated nuclear reactors has been provided by Google Earth and GeoEye (Cnet) and workers have been on duty overtime braving radition to get them under control. There has been alarm across the globe regarding radiation that reportedly leaked out to dangerous levels before coming under control late today evening. But the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi plant on the northeast coast of Japan is still far from sorted out.

We are no experts on analyzing the extent of radiation leak and its immediate consequences to the fullest, but the entire catastrophe has sparked a whole new debate about the safety of nuclear reactors. Many believe that no nuclear reactor, no matter how well it has been designed, is completely safe and the events in Japan just substantiate that.

While the debate can wait, efforts are still on to cool the reactors 5 and 6 using diesel generators that will pump in new water. By the look of things, we might be still a long way away before some sense of peace and normalcy is restored in Japan…

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