Fukushima explained in crap cartoon
Nuclear Boy creates a stink
Those of you've who've struggled over the past week or so to understand just what's happening down at Japan's Fukushima nuke plant should seek enlightenment from this video, evidently aimed at kids but just as handy for fact-starved, fearful parents:
You can find the original animation here. It's already clocked up 900k+ views, suggesting there's a substantial market for such balanced analysis. ®
Thanks to the various readers who flagged this up.
Hindsight is a cruel mistress.
These nuclear power plants have been cranking out energy for decades without so much as a hiccup. They've *already* survived quakes. (The recent one was the most powerful since records began—and Japan has pretty long records!—but it sure as hell wasn't the first.)
Tens of thousands of people have been killed by the quake and tsunami alone, so the fact that these power plants are still standing *at all* is a testament to the engineering that went into them. it's incredible how much focus has been put on the remedial work being done to keep these plants safe. That they *can* be kept safe is the whole damned point!
I daresay the people of Vajont and Banqiao would like a word in your shell-like about the benefits of good design and engineering as we're seeing demonstrated here. Rather more people were killed by the failures of those two dams than have ever been killed or even injured by every nuclear-related incident on the planet *combined*.
Get a sense of proportion, for f*ck's sake.
Less doom-laden than the BBC's coverage
I had a guilty laugh at this I must confess, especially the bit about Three Mile Island and Chernobyl's diarrhoea. But then the last part was quite touching. Lavatorial humour that moves you. Only the Japanese could manage that.
Sky could learn from this
Makes more sense and is more accurate than the majority of the mainstream news reporting.