[ RadSafe ] After Five Years, What Is The Cost Of Fukushima?

jjshonka at shonka.com jjshonka at shonka.com
Fri Mar 11 12:15:00 CST 2016

I have read the earthquake produced $300 billion in total damages, over 18,000 fatalities (including missing and 1600 from poorly executed evacuation from Fukushima), entire towns wiped off the map, and over 1,000,000 buildings damaged or totally destroyed.  Many coastal areas had seawalls which were not able to stop the tsunami that reached over 40 meters in height.  

To put things in perspective, on a safety basis (or lives lost), any dollars might be better spent hardening coastal towns and cities.  The costs and impacts of the Fukushima reactor meltdowns is a small piece of the overall disaster, greatly aggravated by excess public concerns.  For example, should we move San Francisco 10 miles inland in case the San Andreas fault has a similar earthquake?  What about San Diego, etc.  

The safety of nuclear power reactors is quite good.  Lessons learned from Fukushima (such as getting electrical switchgear in hardened structures not susceptible to flooding) will make existing or new plants even safer.  

Joe Shonka

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From: Dan McCarn
Sent: ‎Thursday‎, ‎March‎ ‎10‎, ‎2016 ‎1‎:‎11‎ ‎PM
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This is from my friend, Jim Conca.

*After Five Years, What Is The Cost Of Fukushima?*

The direct costs of the Fukushima disaster will be about $15 billion in
clean-up over the next 20 years and over $60 billion in refugee
compensation. Replacing Japan’s 300 billion kWhs from nuclear each year
with fossil fuels has costJapan over $200 billion, mostly from fuel costs
 for natural gas, fuel oil and coal. This cost will at least double, and
that only if the nuclear fleet is mostly restarted by 2020. Since 2011,
Japan’s trade deficit has become the worst in its history, and Japan is now
the second largest net importer of fossil fuel in the world, right behind
China. Strangely, the costs that never materialized were the most feared,
those of radiation-induced cancer and death.


Dan ii

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