March 17, 2011
Haiga 546 Carol Purington haiku 3--hot nuke rods
Haiku by Carol Purington. Artwork by myself.
I made this haiga long time ago. Now as I look at it again, this hot tomato reminds me of the hot nuke bars at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. I learned that the rods would takes long long time to cool down, something like more than a year, under the normal circumstances.
The irony at Fukushima is that there is no electricity at the power plant to cool the brods after the tunami. Unbelievably high tunami (14m high, or about 45ft) killed all the electric devices, including water pump motors and other backup cooling and venting devices. Courageous crews are handling the situation manually now, and we are all watching closely.(Latest news is, the electricity will come back on this Friday)
If you are using twitter, try @W7VOA. He is near the site and tweeting constantly.
Ryu Murakami (not Murakami Haruki), a very popular Japanese novelist, wrote for NY Times about the present situation in general. According the the article, it seems he was in the same area as I when the earthquake hit.