Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Almost a nuclear disaster
Terrible as the consequences of the tsumani were, they could have been worse. One of the areas hit by the giant waves was Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu, where the Madras Atomic Power Station is located. Had that been damaged, the resultant radioactive leak could have led to far greater losses. Thankfully, we are now told that no damage was done to the plant. However, officials did admit that the possibility of a tsunami had not been taken into account when the plant was built, and there were no safety measures in place for that calamity. It is, thus, luck and not foresight that saved the residents of the state from an even greater tragedy.