Japan Braces for Nuclear Meltdown
Vol: 114 Issue: 12 Saturday, March 12, 2011
When President Obama referred to the Great Quake of Japan as “potentially” catastrophic, I wondered to myself what the president thought a genuine catastrophe would look like.
It didn’t seem like things could get any worse. Until the nuclear reactor at Fukishima exploded.
Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan declared a state of emergency at the Fukushima 1 and 2 power plants as engineers try to confirm whether a reactor at one of the stations has gone into meltdown.
Radiation levels within the plant surged to 1,000 times normal. The term “meltdown” raises associations with two nuclear accidents in living memory: Three Mile Island in the US in 1979, and Chernobyl in Ukraine in 1986.
In both, excess heat in the reactor caused the metallic core to melt. The question is whether the same thing has happened in Fukushima.
When the core melts down, it melts right through the container and into the ground and eventually into the water table.
That is what happened at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. In a worst-case scenario, it could render the area around Fukshima uninhabitable for two hundred years or more.
Officially, the Japanese government says everything is ok, but it extended the evacuation zone around the reactor last night from four miles to twelve.
Officially, that is. In practice, Japanese police are reportedly enforcing a quarantine zone about seventy miles wide.
Fukishima isn’t the only reactor damaged by the catastrophe. In all, Japan has declared states of emergency for five reactors at two different power plants – a first in Japanese history.
According to the US Geological Survey, the Great Quake of Japan measured a whopping 8.9, making it the most powerful to ever strike the Japanese islands and the seventh most powerful in the history of man.
But the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center disagrees, saying the Japan quake was really a 9.1 – which is more than TWICE as powerful and moves it up the list to the fourth most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the history of man.
According to the PTWC, the top three were the 9.5 quake off the coast of Chile in 1960; the 9.2 in Alaska’s Prince William Sound in 1964 and the 9.1 earthquake in Sumatra in 2004. Notice the dates.
Of the top ten most powerful earthquakes of all time, six out of ten occurred after 1948.
History is a long, long time. Indeed, some one thousand, nine hundred and fifteen years before Israel was restored to her native homeland in 1948, Jesus Christ was asked to enumerate the signs of His return.
Jesus specifically pegged the generation that would see His return as the same generation that would witness the restoration of God’s “fig tree” – Israel.
“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” (Matthew 24:33-34)
Among “all these things” that Jesus predicted the last generation would witness was an exponential increase in earthquake activity in “divers” (diverse) places.
“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matthew 24:7)
The “beginning of sorrows” (Gk arche odin) literally translates as the “commencement of [child] birth pangs.” THAT is what makes the fact that the top six earthquakes in the history of mankind all took place after 1948 so significant.
The USGS has long maintained that there is not actually an increase in earthquake activity, but that it only seems that way.
“A partial explanation may lie in the fact that in the last twenty years, we have definitely had an increase in the number of earthquakes we have been able to locate each year.”
That might explain it, if we were discussing an apparent increase in global seismic activity. Two hundred years ago, a 7.0 quake somewhere in a remote and uninhabited part of the world might have gone unnoticed.
But we are talking about the ten most powerful quakes in the history of mankind.
- Delicate seismic equipment wasn’t necessary to detect the Chilean Quake of 1960. It killed 4,485 people in Chile while the resulting tsunami claimed another 170 from Japan to the Philippines.
- The Prince William Sound quake raised some nearby islands by more than 11 meters. The tsunami it spawned reached an astonishing 67 meters (almost two hundred feet) as it swept into the Valdez inlet. The displacement of water was felt as far away as the Louisiana Gulf Coast.
- No equipment was necessary to detect the 9.1 magnitude Sumatra quake in 2004. It moved the island of Sumatra ten feet, moved the earth on its axis, tore the space-time continuum and spawned a tsunami that claimed 230,000 lives world-wide.
We didn’t need delicate seismic equipment to detect the Great Quake of Japan, either. But since we have delicate seismic equipment, here is what we know about it, so far.
It moved Japan’s main island by some eight feet, according to GPS readings which were confirmed by the USGS.
Reports from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy estimated the Japan quake shifted the planet on its axis by nearly 4 inches.
The quake also ripped into time itself as the planetary adjustment moved time forward by several nanoseconds.
The next three quakes, in order of magnitude since 1948, were Kamchatka (M-9) in 1962; Concepcion, Chile (M9.8) in February 2010, and Assam-Tibet (M8.6).
Now, if the top four remaining all occurred in recent history, (say, since the invention of the seismic scale) then maybe one could argue the perceived increase was due to delicate new seismic detectors.
But the remaining four were in Peru in 1868, off the coast of Vancouver in 1700, in Ecuador in 1906 and Lisbon in 1755. (The Richter Scale wasn’t even invented until 1935).
Watching the news reports emanating from Japan is mind-numbing; the damage is almost inconceivable. Huge swaths of the country have been obliterated, other parts merely destroyed.
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. “
“And when these things BEGIN to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads, for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:25-28)
Soon. Very soon. Maranatha!