One thousand nine hundred and fifty-three days follwing the Planetary Catastrophe at Fukushima-Daiichi
To: His Excellency, Shinzo Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Although you have declared that Japan must end its dependence on expensive imports of fossil fuels to meet its energy demands, and therefore the nuclear industry must re-start all 43 Japanese reactors shuttered following the Fukushima-Daiichi planetary disaster, your silence on the much more reasonable costs of solar energy and wind energy seems particularly puzzling in light of the recent drain on the Japanese economy resulting from the disaster at Fukushima and the resulting need of Japan to import much of its energy from abroad.
Almost as if in response to your government’s announcement in April that the plants must restart, planetary seismic activity has gone into overdrive starting with two massive quakes in Nepal, a 7.8 on the 25th of April, with many aftershocks, one reaching a magnitude of 7.3 on the 21th of May. These quakes have caused readjustments of tectonic plates resulting in an orchestra of resonating quakes and increased volcanic activity along the Pacific Rim of Fire, including a volcanic explosion on Kuchinoerabu Island south of Kagoshima Prefecture on May 29, extending southward towards New Zealand, and across the Bering plate to involve an off shore Alaskan quake of 6.7 magnitude on May 28, seven quakes off the coast of Oregon, and quakes as far south as Chile as well as crustal movement off Hokkaido, and a 8.5 M quake off the Ogasawara Trough south of Tokyo on May 30.
If a Nankai trough earthquake were to strike it would devastate the coastline from Honshu to Kyushu and result in 13 times the number of fatalities estimated in 2003. Hamaoka, no longer in operation, had to be shuttered because it lies in the seismic region of the Shizuoka peninsula where four tectonic plates meet, the huge Pacific Plate, the North American Plate, the Philippine Sea Plate and the Eurasian Plate. Much more troubling is that Rokkasho, where your nuclear waste storage and processing plants are situated is located above the fault between the Pacific and North American plates under the Shimokita Peninsula, an extremely fragile geologic formation that rose from the sea bed only 5000 years ago.
Mr. Abe, 62% of the Japanese people are trying to tell you and your government that they oppose nuclear energy because of its highly dangerous risks. And now the planet itself seems to be chiming in. Restarting the reactors in a highly seismically active zone amounts to criminally reckless endangerment not only to your own country but to the entire planet’s biosphere.
Did you know that the planet actually has a harmonic hum, but it is too deep to be heard by the human ear? Did you know that that discovery was made in 1998 by Toshiro Tanimoto, Junho Um, Kiwamu Nishida, and Naoki Kobayashi, a team of Japanese seismologists? The frequency is too low for detection by ordinary human ears, but perhaps it is time for the ears of Prime Ministers to be become attuned to its frequency.
Author of Devil’s Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step