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Earthquakes, Tsunamis and other Calamities

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On the 11. 0f March 2011 a earthquake, or rather a sea quake, with the magnitude of 8.9 on the Richter scale happened east of Japan in the Pacific ocean.

It was the worst ever recorded or remembered in Japans long history of earthquakes. It caused a Tsunami, which swept the country. Although about 500 bodies were found, Japan must be considered lucky, the loss of life counts only in the hundreds and not in the hundred of thousands as in the Tsunami of 26. December 2004 (2) in the Indian Ocean.

Earthquake, and subsequently Tsunamies, will always be a hazard on earth. Most of them are happening without the influence of mankind. Some scientists claim, that there are also earthquakes which were caused by human activities (3).

The statement, that human caused earthquakes are minor ones, should be taken with a grain of salt. The extraction of raw material from the earth and the moving of earth is immense. The results can’t be really predicted.

An earthquake-triggered tsunami washes away a warehouse and vehicles in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture (state), Japan, Friday March 11, 2011. The ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded slammed Japan's eastern coasts.

This can’t be changed. Perhaps humanity will slow the extraction of raw material from earth, but it can’t be stopped. Especially because world population grows and every person has the same right to own as the others do.

Earthquakes and Tsunamies are a calculated hazard. But if the hazard is aggravated by nuclear Power Plants (4), which are built in areas where earthquakes and Tsunamies can happen, this is irresponsible.

This is happening right now in Japan with the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (5). The solution, of course, is to install the TOTEM System (6) instead of nuclear power plants.

For further information:

1. Japan 2011

2. Tsunami 2004

3. Human Quakes

4. Nuclear Power Plants

5. Fukushima

6. TOTEM System

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