The ongoing crises in Japan should be enough of a warning to shut every nuclear power plant in the world down forever.
It's not just that "everything that can go wrong, did go wrong." The pro-nukers will claim that, and already are. "Backup systems should have worked..."
But really, what did they expect? Four reactors. Eight emergency generators. Each one can power one of several reactors. BUT what happens when all eight are flooded with debris from a tsunami, a perfectly predictable event?
Well, we're seeing what happens.
Several reactors in Japan, possibly as many as five, are in danger of meltdown. Spent fuel pools may already have been damaged, too. At least one worker at the plants has been killed, others injured, and local residents, in the midst of evacuation, are testing positive for radiation exposure. Radioactive steam venting has occurred, hundreds of square miles are being evacuated TOO LATE AS USUAL, and things aren't getting better. An explosion has ripped apart one reactor building.
Here is an animation showing the predicted fallout pattern if ONE reactor melts down. Double it for two. Add much, much more for a spent fuel pool fire. Also included in this animation is the fallout pattern that actually occurred after Chernobyl, but overlaid this time over Southern California, around Diablo Canyon or San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
Let's hope that the boric acid and sea water being poured into the stricken reactors works -- either of which will damage the reactor beyond repair, but they might stop the reaction.
The author, a 54-year-old cancer survivor, has been warning of nuclear dangers from tsunamis, earthquakes, and other risks for many decades. His book, The Code Killers, is available for free download here: www.acehoffman.org .