The first thing that I thought when I heard about the earthquake in Wales, UK, was where is the nuclear waste buried? I think the optimum place has granite as bedrock, with a host of other requirements such as ecologically ordinary environment.
As for the earthquake around Swansea, that hit 4.4 on the Richter scale and lots of people fled into the streets. That much we have learnt from other countries’ misfortunes. It is also true that a fault line from trenches off China, north to Hawaii and south along California’s sea border has resulted in earthquakes all down it in the same week as ours. This one registered walls shaking and ornaments falling off shelves. This same thing happened to a relative attending the University of Sheffield in 2004. Four girls clung together in the house, then ran outside, thank goodness. They said that the house shook.
I had no idea of the turbulence around choosing British sites for Low Level Dumping (LLD) and Intermediate Level Dumping (ILD). Uranium and plutonium is extracted and this can be reused to make new nuclear fuel, which is then returned to nuclear power plants around the world. The remainder is then waste in a liquid form. Most of it is stored above ground at Sellafield and that is the preferred option to dumping it underground and letting it disseminate into the environment for ‘x’ years. At least above ground, our children will have access to it, so offloading a decision.
May I make a suggestion to send all high and low level nuclear waste to the Moon? It would be a refuelling station for onward exploration of other planets. Doubtless, they will create more efficient fuel. Let us not fight about who does and does not have rights on the Moon. Let us use it for the common good. Scientists, explorers and a few comedians should inhabit the Moon, if only to alleviate the mix of people essential to a society.
A decision was taken recently to cancel extraction of uranium and plutonium to make money for the extractor, namely Sellafield in the UK. This is against the opinion of every scientific community that reads about it. My final suggestion is that all disciplines, including writers, artists, creative people and thinkers should look at the problem.
Have a good week.
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