A gigantic earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan on 11 March.
Thousands of people were buried under buildings or died in the flooding. In
many of Japan's more than 50 nuclear reactors cooling systems broke down.
This caused several hydrogen explosions and at least partial fuel rod
meltdowns in the reactor blocks one to three of the Fukushima Daiichi nuke.
Around the globe the high-risk technology and its future are being protested
against and debated. Switzerland is putting a moratorium on construction of
new nuclear power plants. In neighbouring Germany the Neckarwestheim nuke
will be closed down permanently and seven other old ones temporarily. On
Monday 14 March more than 110,000 people demonstrated against nuclear power
in more than 450 towns across Germany.
Update 15.03. 14:30: In the cooling basin of Block IV fire broke out,
radioactivity got into the atmosphere. High radiation levels are measured,
personnel were evacuated from the control room. Cooling in Blocks V and VI
is not working properly.
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Impacts of the disaster in the western Pacific
The 11 March earthquake, subsequent quakes and flooding waves severely
damaged several atomic installations in Japan. Inter alia an explosion on
Saturday destroyed the building of reactor block I of the nuclear power
station "Fukushima daiichi genshiryoku hatsudensho" where fuel rods are
melting down. On Monday there was a second hydrogen explosion in reactor
block III which uses plutonium as well as uranium. It also emerged on Monday
that the fuel rods in block II are completely dry and exposed. The necessary
cooling is not working in at least four more of the more than 50 reactors in
Update 15.03. 1:00: Another explosion (this time in block 2) damaged not
only the outer reactor building but also the pressure container. At times
the wind turned towards Tokyo.
The evacuation radius around the first accident reactor was extended to 20
kilometres on Sunday. Media and government are trying to downplay the
seriousness of the situation. Reliable information about no longer deniable
happenings is being gathered by the IAEA. Independent nuclear experts no
longer doubt that the situation is close to the worst expectable, that is,
almost totally out of control. Attempts are being made to fill reactor
blocks I - IV with sea water to prevent further overheating. Experts say
this emergency measure is "not provided for in this form in any manual" and
renders the reactors permanently unusable. The contaminated water turns into
steam or runs back untreated into the sea.
The western Pacific death toll from the Strength 9 Richter scale earthquake
has already reached 10,000. Thousands of people are still missing. More than
200,000 have been evacuated from the Fukushima area. Millions in northern
Japan were still without power and water.
Debate and demonstrations in Germany
Nukes have also been built in potential earthquake areas elsewhere, for
example the scrap reactor in Fessenheim, France. It is also important to
note that it was not the earthquake and tsunamis as such that put the
Japanese reactors out of control, but in the final analysis it was the
failure of the power supply. Even in areas not vulnerable to earthquakes,
power failure is a crucial nuclear vulnerability.
The catastrophe is again mobilising tens of thousands of opponents of the
high-risk atomic technology. On 14 March more than 100,000 people took to
German streets [1,2,3] demanding that all nukes be switched off immediately.
Activists chained themselves on at the Biblis plant. On 12 March about
60,000 demonstrated between Stuttgart and Neckarwestheim, while the Social
Democratic Party and The Greens, despite their atomic nonsense, yet again
pretended to themselves that they are anti-nuclear parties. For
election-tactical reasons the CDU-FDP (conservative-liberal) coalition
government wants to suspend for three months the extension of nuke running
times and offers as a sacrifice the final closure of Neckarwestheim I, and
closure for three months of six other nukes built before 1980 as well as
Krümmel, which has been out of action for years because of endless mishaps,
intending to keep using what it calls the "bridging technology".
Reports of independent Media
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Reports in mainstream media:
Meetingpoints for demonstrations // Talks // etc.
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Meetingpoints for Demos Monday 14.03. 6 p.m. everywhere
- Augsburg Rathausplatz
- Bensheim Mittelbrücke
- Biberach (Riss) Marktplatz (17:30)
- Biblis vor dem AKW Bericht
- Darmstadt Luisenplatz (17:00)
- Ehingen (Donau) Marktplatz
- Emmendingen Marktplatz
- Frankfurt (Main) Katharinenkirche (17:00)
Fürth (Odenw) an der alten post
- Heidelberg Bismarckplatz
- Heilbronn Kliliansplatz
- Ingolstadt Kreuzung am Stein/Ludwigstraße
- Kaiserslautern Kerststraße/ Marktstraße (17:30)
- Karlsruhe Marktplatz (17:30)
- Ketsch Bahnhofsanlage
Kircheim unter Teck Rathaus
- Köln Rudolfplatz Bericht
- Konstanz Markstätte am Brunnen
- Lörrach Postplatz
- Magdeburg Alter Markt/vor McDonald's
- Mannheim Paradeplatz
- Mosbach Kirchplatz
- Mühlacker Bahnhofstraße
- Neustadt/Weinstraße Marktplatz
- Nußloch Lindenplatz
Offenburg Rathaus (17:30)
- Pforzheim Marktplatz
- Phillipsburg bei den gelben "Atommüll"-Fässern am "Penny"-Kreisel
- Rottweil Schwarzen Tor
Schwäbisch Gemünd Johannisplatz
- Schopfheim Marktplatz
- Stuttgart Schlossplatz
- Tübingen Holzmarkt
- Tuttlingen Marktplatz
- Ulm Münster
- Waldkirch Bahnhof und/oder Marktplatz
- Weinheim Fußgängerzone "Reiterin"
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