Fukushima #4 May Be #1 Most Serious Challenge

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Fukushima * (Photo credit: Sterneck)

One of the “challenges of the Anthropocene” I will point to on May 5 is our “technological incompetence.”

By that, I don’t mean we lack the skills and engineering capabilities. What I mean is I am concerned that increasingly powerful and far-reaching abilities spring full grown into an amoral framework. We are getting smart faster than we are getting wise. What we CAN do brings tools on the scene when we do not have a well-grounded sense of how we OUGHT to use them in a sustainable way. Case in point:

I’ve set up a google news alert and a twitter search for Fukushima #4. It may be where the Anthropocene takes a nose-dive.

I can’t imagine that most have probably gotten word of this. We only get news here at the house via the web and public radio, so can only guess that warnings this dire have not been issued from the highly-couffed talking heads of the major networks.

This is not a test. This is for real. All of our most alarming fiction could not have prepared us for the possible scenario resulting from the fate of Fukushima Reactor #4.

At its best, it is going to be a problem for decades. At its moderate worst, there could be some 40 million Japanese refugees very soon. At its very possible worst, it could be a blow humanity will not endure.

You can read as much or as little as you care to. Personally, even if powerless, I prefer to know.

Is Fukushima’s Doomsday Machine About to Blow?  

The Top Short-Term Threat to Humanity: The Fuel Pools of Fukushima – Washington’s Blog

Fukushima…radiation so high – even robots not safe (YouTube)

Fukushima Is Falling Apart: Are You Ready … For A Mass Extinction Event? « The Destructionist

U.S. Senator Says Fukushima Daiichi’s Unit 4 Could Spew More Radiation Than March 11 Accident – Japan Real Time – WSJ

Fukushima Reactor 4; Life Extinction Event If It Collapses | A Green Road Blog – Where Heart Shift Happens

Former Japan Ambassador Warns Gov’t Committee: “A global catastrophe like we have never before experienced” if No. 4 collapses – Common Spent Fuel Pool with 6,375 fuel rods in jeopardy – “Would affect us all for centuries”

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. I watch the nightly news, largely to watch how they are calling the game, and I can tell you this has been as much a black out a topic as Occupy Wall Street has been, or worse.