Hiroshima in Israel

Is Israel vulnerable for a similar fate?

Published: March 15th 2011
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The aftermath of Hiroshima

The recent Japanese earthquake and subsequent tsunami represent a disaster of epic proportions. The death toll to date exceeds 3,300, with nearly 7,000 missing, 2 million homeless, rising nuclear alarm and a shortage of basic necessities. Now cold weather has increased the hardship.


The country is in shock. The devastating earthquake, which measured 8.9 on the Richter scale, smashed the country's eastern coast, leaving catastrophic damage behind. Then, following one of the world’s worst earthquakes, a tsunami, with waves as high as 10 meters, erased concrete buildings as if they were cardboard boxes.


The Fukoshima nuclear power plant is relatively close to the earthquake's epicenter. The tsunami’s rage hit the nuclear power station, causing severe damage. In an attempt to reduce dangerous pressure in the plant, potentially hazardous radioactive steam is being released into the atmosphere. Citizens have been ordered to stay at least 10 kms from the power station.


If the Japanese fail to control and stabilizing the temperature of the main reactor, it will melt, and Japan will find itself facing a second nuclear trauma.


The first Japanese nuclear disaster happened in 1945 when on August 6th, the allied forces bombed the city of Hiroshima and on August 9th the city of Nagasaki was also bombed.


Japan may soon face old and traumatic wounds despite living in the 21st century.


Israel is home to two nuclear centres, one in Dimona, located in the Negev 40 km east of the crowded city of Beer-Sheba. The Soreq nuclear centre is located on the Mediterranean coast, about 25 kms south of Tel-Aviv.


Both nuclear facilities were built in the 1950s and 1960s. Their close location to Israel's populated areas is a concern to the Israeli government and to its citizens.


As reported recently in Shalom Life, Israel's geographic location near the Great Rift exposes the country to the damages of an earthquake in the region. The statistics tells us that the question is not whether an earthquake will occur, but what happens when it occurs.


Are Israel's nuclear plants prepared for a strong earthquake, or is Israel under a threat of a nuclear disaster?


The location of Israel near the Great Rift and the earthquake's history of the region expose Israel's nuclear plants and citizens to the horrible consequences of a strong earthquake as we see now in Japan.

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