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The Future Looks Bright for Japan Over the past 40 years nuclear energy has gone from being the energy source of the future to the energy source that everyone fears The world has faced 20 plus nuclear accidents since testing began in the 1950s wwwhempwinecom Three of the four most disastrous nuclear accidents have occurred in the past twenty years Theoretically nuclear fission1 is an excellent means to generate electricity however fissions history of accidents has shown it to be too risky to the environment Countries are beginning to turn away from nuclear energy and rely more on alternative renewable energy sources and new sources of fossil fuels THREE MILE ISLAND In 1979 there was a nuclear accident near Harrisburg Pennsylvania at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant No one was killed radiation did not escape the plant however the reactor suffered a partial meltdown of the fuel rods creating fears of a China Syndrome2 disaster This fear was exacerbated by the movie China Syndrome that was coincidentally making the theater circuits Leaking water severely damaged the nuclear fuel core in a reactor which caused radioactive gas to be released in the Three Mile Island Nuclear power plant Over 30000 residents resided within five miles of the Three Mile Island Fortunately all radiation was contained within the nuclear power plant and there were no environmental or health effects caused by the escape of hydrogen gas CHERNOBYL The1986 accident in the Ukraine at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant opened everyones eyes to the extreme dangers and potentially catastrophic consequences of nuclear accidents Years of destruction and suffering occurred from the nuclear fallout at Chernobyl It is the worst nuclear accident the world has ever experienced People and governments around the world are concerned that another serious accident is only a matter of time At any moment another nuclear power plant could kill thousands Chernobyl was a result of a reactor design that was
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