The severity rating of the crisis at the heavily damaged Fukushima nuclear power facility has now been raised to the highest possible level, but the Japanese government continues to downplay the dangers.
Speaking to Democracy Now! on Wednesday 13th April, Dr. Michio Kaku, Japanese-American professor of theoretical physics at the City University Of New York and the City College of New York, told Amy Goodman:
“Radiation is continuing to leak out of the reactors, the situation is not stable at all. So you’re looking at basically a ticking time-bomb… The slightest disturbance could set off a full-scale meltdown at three nuclear power stations—far beyond what we saw at Chernobyl.”
According to Kaku, who began his career as a nuclear scientist:
“In the best case scenario — this is the scenario devised by the utility itself — they hope to bring it under control by the end of this year… [adding later] then it could take up to ten years… to finally dismantle the reactor.”
“They’re literally making it up as they go along. We’re in totally uncharted territories. You get any nuclear engineering book, look at the last chapter — and this scenario is not contained in the last chapter… And we are the guinea pigs for this science experiment that’s taking place.”
With regards to the future policy on nuclear power, and whether Obama is right to push ahead with the proposed “nuclear renaissance”, Kaku said:
“I think there should be a national debate — a national debate about a potential moratorium. The American people have not been given the full truth…”