2 reviews for Hiroshima to Fukushima

  1. Peter Earle

    I have a passing knowledge and some background in this field. This lecture just about brought me to tears. And I was at my desk at work. It is important that everyone hear this piece.

  2. David

    So I’ve been listening to this speaker for roughly thirty minutes. And I don’t believe she understands the topic of nuclear physics at all. For instance nuclear power plants (hereafter referee to as an NPP) are not simply stationary nuclear bombs, they are highly regulated energy production plants. If a full meltdown were to occur there are specific backups in place to make sure nothing happens to allow the radiation to escape (called a melt pan, really large concrete pan that spreads the melted material out allowing for it to be rapidly cooled and rendered safe) unfortunately it renders the NPP useless. If you look at the power situation in Japan you will understand why they didn’t want that to happen and desperately tried to save the plant. In fact we should be congratulating the Japanese for building a reactor that was only designed for an 8.5 earthquake and it managed to mostly survive a 9.0.
    On the topic of “we detected radiation on the west coast of North America”: Background levels of radiation. Said levels haven’t fluctuated for any noticeable amount since before and after Fukishima.
    All in all the speaker is very ignorant of the topic she was talking about. Cannot tell the difference between an Alpha, Beta, or Gamma particle. And relies on her fear of the topic to get a point across. But in the end got everything wrong or significantly distorted the truth.

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