It was three years ago that
Claudia Cragg spoke with Dr Helen Caldicott about the inherent
risks (or so it would now appear) in the Japanese nuclear industry.
Now following a massive earthquake and the explosions that took
place at the Fukushima plant Japan's nuclear crisis has become more
complex than ever. The earthquake(s) is (are) tragic enough, but
the proven record of incompetence with nuclear incidentis
unforgiveable? This piece was part of Cragg's coverage of an
'incident' after a large earthquake at the world's largest nuclear
power plant, Kashiwazaki-Kariwa in Japan, and was first broadcast
in July 2007. In this week's earthquake, no reports have (yet?)
surfaced about damage at the K-K plant.
Dr. Helen Caldicott, physician and vocal anti-nuclear campaigner,
comments in a phone interview from Australia with journalist
Claudia Cragg on the recent 6.8 earthquake in Japan which hit the
world's largest nuclear power plant at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa.
Caldicott believes the problems experienced in Japan recently also
hold resonance for those in California living near the Diablo
nuclear power plant. According to Japanese activisit Aileen Mioko
Smith of Green Action Japan, there is now concern in Kashiwazaki
City and Kariwa Village that Tokyo Electric may be covering up
evidence of extent of damage from the earthquake before a thorough
investigation is undertaken. According to Mioko Smith, a
Kashiwazaki legislator who has been inside the plant has said he is
shocked at the extent of visible damage PLUS the rush Tokyo
Electric is in to cover over/repair the damage before a
fullinvestigation is undertaken.