Tuesday, November 05, 2013

David Suzuki on Japan

If you aren't familiar with David Suzuki, let's just say he's kind of like Bill Nye, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Stephen Hawking all rolled into one.  He's a brilliant scientist and an icon in Canada.  Well, he was speaking on Halloween at a convention and while he was paraphrasing another's work these low probability events should be on your radar.

"Fukushima is the most terrifying situation I can imagine," he said.
"Three out of the four plants were destroyed in the earthquake and in the tsunami. The fourth one has been so badly damaged that the fear is, if there's another earthquake of a seven or above that, that building will go and then all hell breaks loose.
"And the probability of a seven or above earthquake in the next three years is over 95 per cent."
Suzuki said that an international team of experts needs to go into the Fukushima plant and help fix the problem, but said the Japanese government has "too much pride to admit that."

"If that isn't terrifying, I don't know what is." 
"I have seen a paper which says that if in fact the fourth plant goes under in an earthquake and those rods are exposed, it's bye bye Japan and everybody on the west coast of North America should evacuate," he said.
Again, that's a lot of ifs - if a large earthquake strikes, if building 4 were to collapse and if the rods were exposed, but IF this happened, I think waterfront east coast property might be a worthwhile investment.  :)

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