The lesson of Fukushima — Nuclear energy is safe

Dr Kelvin Kemm is the CEO of Nuclear Africa, a nuclear project management company based in Pretoria, South Africa. He is a member of the International Board of Advisors of CFACT. Dr. Kemm received the prestigious Lifetime Achievers Award of the Naional Science and Technology Forum of South Africa.

This blog has published his previous piece for C-FACT: There was no Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Fukushima in 2011 (Image: CRYPTOME)
Dr Kemm has written a follow up piece for C-FACT under the heading:

The lesson of Fukushima — Nuclear energy is safe

He begins by saying that we often read and hear about "The Lessons learnt at Fukushima."
So what were the lessons learned from Fukushima? Quite simply they are that nuclear power has been proven to be much safer than anyone previously imagined.
The nuclear fraternity worldwide should have celebrated after the Fukushima drama. The world watched the entire saga, second by second…and what was the outcome?
Answer: total people killed by radiation, zero. Total injured, zero. Total private property damaged by radiation, zero. Expected long term effects on people; zero.
Dr Kemm says that a forty year old nuclear power plant, built to a sixty year old design, was struck by the largest earthquake on record. Then, 55 minutes later, the plant was hit by the largest tsunami on record.
The giant wall of water jumped the protective wall, and slammed into the nuclear plant. The plant survived that too…initially. But then previous bad management decisions came into play, like ghosts from the past.
Years earlier it had been decided to place the back-up diesel fuel tanks outdoors. Bad decision! 
These tanks held the reserve fuel for the emergency diesel cooling pumps, to be used if and when the primary electrical pumps failed. The tsunami washed away the power lines supplying the electricity to the primary reactor cooling pumps…so they needed the diesel pumps…fast.
No fuel, it was all floating away with the rest of the debris from the smashed up houses, schools, police station, airport, shops, offices, harbour.
Although the reactors shut done correctly,  the reactor fuel needs to be water cooled for 2-5 days after an emergency. With the roads either washed away or blocked with tsunami debris, the engineers started to work "with their backs to the wall."
...if a scientific team had intentionally designed a lab crash test for a nuclear power plant, they could not have done better than the reality of Fukushima Daiichi. 
In spite of this whole theatrical drama the result was…nobody killed or injured, and no indication of long term negative radiation effects on people. So the lesson of Fukushima is that nuclear power is much safer than people thought.
Read More at C-FACT (link)