Originally Posted by liskawc
Im not sure what are you refering to as "tell that to the Japanese". The reactors they had were of satisfactory safety at that point regarding what they knew. If they knew that such earthquakes as was in 2011 (7.something amplitude) combined with a (10?meter) tsunami were a possibilty, they would have planned for that when they were building the plants. [to my knowlodge these were quite old reactors --- boiling water if im not mistaken]
and as to newer reactors being dangerous? everything is dangerous if not used properly... gas lines can explode ... silicon cleansing fabrics can get a leak and poison water... yaddayaddayadda
It doesn't take a genius to know that 7+ scale earthquakes and ten meter tsunami are possible along the Ring of Fire. My region is overdue for an 8+ lasting over 15 minutes followed by a 150 foot tsunami. I have prepared myself and a number of my loved ones for just such an event.
"Everything is dangerous if not used properly" is not an excuse to throw one's hands in the air, shrug and say "Oh well". Worst case scenarios have to be considered. Nuclear reactors with a possibility of exploding are items with a worst case scenario that is prohibitively dangerous.
This is getting a little too off topic though, unless we move towards asking what the worst case scenario for militarized robots is.