19/04/2011

Japan'sNuclear Crisis - A Time for Support

by William C. Ramsay, Director, Ifri Energy Program
These are terrifying moments. No one could ever have imagined that the Japanese nuclear sector could fall victim to such a seismic event.  No country has spent more time building safeguards against seismic events than the Japanese who live at the confluence of three tectonic plates directly over the Pacific ring of fire. Yet, while no one can contest that the natural disaster that struck Japan was unprecedented, here we are with a very dangerous situation in Fukushima and it isn't over yet. As the world observes from a distance, it needs to maintain the same sang froid as the Japanese people who are living these events and support those who seek to cool the overheating reactors.  Already the world knows that the firefighters seeking to cool the reactors are very likely sacrificing their lives