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That's how tsunami's work. You get an earthquake, and then a giant wave.
If they had a proper contingency plan for a tsunami, it probably should have incorporated an earthquake. Plus, the plant survived the earthquake quite well, the wave was what caused the issues.

:facepalm: There's just no pleasing you is there.
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Yes they normally come paired together, but not as massive as they were. And the contingency wasn't enough for both at that magnitude.

So now you are completely shifting your point.

The reactor's structures were mostly in-tact until they started melting down. They literally failed to get power to the water pumps, something that should have been extremely easy to do if they had planned for any type of power loss to the plant. Had they gotten the pumps running, all would have been fine.

Seriously. That's it. You don't build a nuclear power-plant in a tsunami zone and only plan for a magnitude 5 earthquake.

They screwed up, that's all Fukushima drills down to. They've even admitted to it.
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I believe nuclear power was a mistake, but that's just me, and this is only ONE case that proves the real dangers in this technology, but don't color me skeptical or cynical, I'm just being realistic here...

More people have died at fossil fuel plants then nuclear plants
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I think we all know where Stalker 2's setting will be.
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I believe nuclear power was a mistake, but that's just me, and this is only ONE case that proves the real dangers in this technology, but don't color me skeptical or cynical, I'm just being realistic here...

Other alternatives either don't produce enough power, or consume too many natural resources and/or damage the environment through other ways like pollution. Uranium-based nuclear reactors may not be a good decision given today's technology, we should probably be moving toward thorium-based reactors, which cannot meltdown (neither can certain uranium-based solutions), and produce very little waste comparatively.

If Japan's reactor had been using a newer and safer solution there would have been 0% chance of meltdown, and very little radiation leakage.
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:facepalm: There's just no pleasing you is there.

I'm surprised you are pleased with that excuse.

"Lets plan for a tsunami, but only the tsunami. What's that? They are caused by earthquakes? Nah, lets just plan for the tsunami."
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it is the, yes, THE safest source of electricity. though when it goes wrong, it goes wrong. this was just a freak of nature, people didnt expect it at all, though this is the downside.
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Tsunamis can also be caused by landslides and underwater debris flow, but that isn't too important.
The plants were excellantly built except for the generators.
You don't put a critical piece of equipment in one of the lowest points of your plant.
Even if the tsunami screwed up all the auxilary equipment, if power and water had been maintened to cooling the reactors, they would have been fine.
The company would have been able rebuild or just shut down the reactors permanently.
Now that they toasted most of their reactors they can't do much.
Such a simple oversight.
I still don't find it anywhere close to how bad Chernobyl was.
I still will never understand why people are so afraid of radiation.
The government always sets such low limits that anything above that is a tragedy.
My sister had to undergo several CT scans as a kid and the dosages she would have gotten would exceed that of many of the people who were living close to the contaminated area..
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I believe nuclear power was a mistake, but that's just me, and this is only ONE case that proves the real dangers in this technology, but don't color me skeptical or cynical, I'm just being realistic here...

This is incredibly ignorant.

If anything, it shows the dangers of an aging LW reactor... just as Chernobyl showed the dangers of a poor (and poorly operated) reactor design - RBMK. It does not encompass all designs or the technology as a whole. Stop generalizing.
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I still don't find it anywhere close to how bad Chernobyl was.
I still will never understand why people are so afraid of radiation.

People are often afraid of things they do not understand, especially things that the media likes to scare everyone with to boost their ratings.
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snip... You simply can't eliminate risk from a big-ass power plant.... snip

You can eliminate most of it by using a method that has no possibility of a meltdown.
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