China Syndrome describes a situation after a nuclear meltdown when the core components of a nuclear reactor burn through the rector itself into the earth, then notionally through the crust and body of the Earth until it reaches China. Core components’ burning all the way to China is complete hyperbole but the highly radioactive core components will reach the ground water contaminating water supplies for hundreds of generations. It is now believed that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, which experienced a catastrophic meltdown following a record 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011, is now
A nations energy policy refers to the governmental plan of action regarding the issues of energy production, distribution, supply and consumption.This catastrophe raises serious questions concerning energy policy in the U.S. and the use of nuclear power plants to meet energy needs. Mark Benjamin posted a blog concerning the Obama administration commitment to nuclear power despite the event taking place in Japan. However, should nuclear energy be abandoned considering the recent events in Japan?