Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Great Ice Wall of Japan

Since the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011, the problem at the Fukushima nuclear reactors has been an albatross for Japan. After over 2 years of doing little to nothing, the Japanese government has finally decided to act.

The Japanese has unveiled a plan to stem radioactive water leaks at Fukushima by…building an ice wall beneath the plant? Seriously? After 2 years and at a cost of US$470 million, that’s the best plan Tokyo can come out with?

Sorry, I may be no engineer but a wall of ice underneath the stricken plant to plug the leaks sounds insane. What happen when summer arrives? Will it melts?

All joking aside, I have to say I am disappointed at this plan of Tokyo. I mean after 2 years of study and planning, surely the world can expect something better than the “Great Ice Wall of Japan”. I know Japan and China are historic rivals, but a rival “Great Wall” is just too much.

At the price of US$470 million, surely all the engineers in the world can come out with something better! You know like…fixing the problem. Instead what we got is the world’s most expensive plug.

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