KOODAANKULAM: FEELING SAFE?

Arati Chokshi

The above CLICKABLE image shows the soup of seismic activity that surrounds the KKNPP. Each red dot represents a recorded earthquake; the size is indicative of the intensity – smallest dot is a magnitude 4.0 earthquake while the biggest one towards botton left is a 7.6 magnitude earthquake, 1500 km away. The red line on the image represents a 250km scale. Remember that the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami that devastated the Tamil Nadu coast was triggered by a 9.1 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Sumatra – about 2000 km away!!!

Are we sure we are ready to have Koodankulam 1 go critical? Then, brace yourselves guys…

(lifted from I witness by Arati Chokshi, where she blogs about nuclear and other things)

Koodankulam a Threat to Large Populations

Prof. Elaine Hunter

This is a brief article to emphasize that the Koodankulam nuclear power plants (KKNPP) are sited much too close to the large populations of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Sri Lanka. The 2011 map of populations in India reveals clearly that South India has a population density of 501-1000 persons per square kilometer. Such regions ranks second highest in population density for India. Plus South India includes a few areas with the highest population densities, over 1001 persons per square kilometer. Sri Lanka has a population of about 20 million and the most densely populated areas face toward India.

The statistics for areas affected by radiation from Fukushima are problematic in that the populations affected are on the land south of the disaster. Though much of the emissions went out to the seaward side. There can be no doubt that in the event of a nuclear disaster that Sri Lanka would also suffer.

Large populations do need large amount of energy, however there has got to be safer ways. Consider that the populations did get this large without nuclear power plants. It is heartening to see thewell researched, well written work of many making the case against commissioning KKNPP.

Link for map and associated information: http://updateox.com/india/density-map-of-population-in-india-2011-state-wise-census/

 

Prof. Elaine Hunter

An independent researcher and citizen scientist, Prof. Elaine Hunter, D.Sc., D.Ac. has researched and given testimony in a variety of nuclear and environmental concerns over a period of 30+ years. She did field work in the Sea of Cortez in the 1970s.

I have not been to India, but have seen her lush green southwestern coast on the way to Colombo several times.

Not an employee of an NGO, no one asked me to write this article and no one paid me. It is emergency service for our Mother the Earth, our Father the Sea. Many places the Sea has many names, yet they all connect. I learned of the Koodankulam situation when it showed up on the internet news in the USA about 1 month ago. Our State recently refused legislation that would have permitted the construction of 8 nuclear power plants.