2011 Disaster in Japan

Despite the many precautions and redundant features used in nuclear power facilities, the forces of nature remain unpredictable and - and in Japan - devastating.

Boy in JapanMothers for Peace is monitoring information about the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan and the effects on the many nuclear power plants there. We share the grave concerns for the people of Japan and for the planet as we contemplate the possible consequences of radiation releases.

The devastation in Japan offers a vivid reminder of one of the many significant risks of nuclear power.  The crisis requires us to scrutinize the safety of nuclear facilities in our own country - particularly those in seismically active zones. Since 1973, Mothers for Peace has been actively opposed to both nuclear power and weapons – both locally at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant and globally.  Aside from the seismic dangers, our concerns are many and include:

  • the implicit hazards of nuclear waste storage, both in the fuel pools and in the dry casks;
  • risks of terrorism;
  • aging systems and components;
  • human error in daily operations;
  • the high cost of production;
  • emergency preparedness


This tragic earthquake in Japan comes at a time when Pacific Gas and Electric Company is attempting to renew its license for Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant – extending its operation in the two units until the years 2044 and 2045.   The plant and the radioactive waste it has produced since 1984 are located in an area riddled with more than a dozen earthquake faults. In its filing to oppose the license renewal, Mothers for Peace presented five contentions, four of which relate to the potential environmental impacts of earthquakes.  More information regarding this litigation can be found at:http://mothersforpeace.org/newsAndEvents/licenserenewalcontentions

The world has ignored the warnings from Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. The catastrophe in Japan now reignites the debate regarding the viability of nuclear energy. Is it worth the risk?  Mothers for Peace perseveres towards the ultimate safety plan: closed and decommissioned nuclear facilities.

Mothers for Peace invites you to join us in our efforts. Educate yourself by reading our websitehttp://mothersforpeace.org and support our work with a donation. Take action through a myriad of websites with easy-to-access online petitions.  Recommendations include the following:

Nuclear Information Resource Service http://www.nirs.org/

Beyond Nuclear http://www.beyondnuclear.org/

Union of Concerned Scientists  http://www.ucsusa.org/nuclear_power/

NRDC https://secure.nrdconline.org/

Sierra Club http://www.sierraclub.org/

CREDO Action  http://www.credoaction.com/campaign/say_no_to_nuclear/?rc=homepage

Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility http://a4nr.org/


Future generations are counting on the collective action of caring people to preserve and protect our Earth.

LA Times Editorial:  http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-nuclear-20110314,0,7818400.story

You can find recent updates of the crisis in Japan from Nuclear Information Resource Service at: http://www.nirs.org/fukushima/crisis.htm