–A very good article from the New York Times explains this issue of troubling design which complicated the Japanese reactor situation.
“Experts Criticize Design of Japanese Reactors”
I encourage people to read this article. Sheds light on the present situation.
“Tsunani of Prayers”, didn’t originate here. It was a small sign held up by a child. But it seems this is the movement of the world to, in part, address this tragedy in Japan.
Someone said they had become numb to it all; there was so much tragedy recently in the world, with New Zealand, etc. and I understand. It’s very hard to not be overwhelmed by each tragedy as it presents itself.
The enormity of the tragedy in Japan just keeps unfolding: the death toll, the devastation, the pictures of the landscape and the people, and now the nuclear issues. It IS overwhelming.
I also know that right now…I am feeling anger, and it has little to do with what people are suffering right now.
My anger is this: Japan is a small island with 55 nuclear reactors. Now we read there is a possibility of another reactor emitting radiation, and a possibility of a real meltdown in the first damaged reactor. And this isn’t an isolated situation given the amount of damage to the sites where many of these reactors stand.
Over 1500 Japanese people have had to be checked for radiation exposure. This is surely a short list. The USS Ronald Reagan just passed through a radioactive cloud and shipmates are being given treatment for possible radiation exposure. Perhaps I am sensitive to this because my son is in the Navy, chasing pirates near Somalia. I don’t know if his destroyer will be deployed anywhere near Japan, but I pray it won’t.
Perhaps I can express my anger in a better form: With the obvious issues of nuclear power, and the inability of this writer to believe those who push this particular kind of power as it being ‘safe’, why would we continue to believe that nuclear power is a ‘safe’ response to the needs for the world? There are other forms of power, solar and wind come to mind, that are lagging in interest and development. These, to my mind, have less potential for such enormous destruction and impact upon life forms of all kinds. And why aren’t these power forms considered over nuclear reactors?
Japan could be swamped by these 55 reactors. The rest of the world certainly will be impacted by what happens in Japan, in the short term and in the long term.
I didn’t start out this morning to write this in such a way. We have a saying here in the South: “Speak truth to Power”….and I guess I slipped into this in my thoughts and anger. I am going to try to turn my thoughts and actions to something more appropriate, to offer up a tsunami of prayers, to remember the suffering of the Japanese people is constant and to offer up prayers for their well being. I feel so lost right now, and that scares me.
MUSINGS ON A CLOSING DAY
I move my chair
to observe Mt. Fuji-
topped with the cooling crust
of spring snows.
of a branch,
like a geisha
unfurling her arm
from a gray kimono,
makes petals fall,
a scented, pink snow
covering my upturned face
with careless kisses.
Timid winds caress
a fleeting relief
to tired bones
brittle now with
a sullen defeat of life.
Raked sand of garden
waves barely disturbed
by feet like two gray stones
as grains flow
I realize once again
I am no obstacle to
the sands of time.
My heart is quieted
by the passage of nothing
for in this nothing
is revealed the fullness of life.
Copyrighted, 2011, from “White Cranes of Heaven”, published by Lulu.com