Letter in the Western Daily Press, June 2016
There was a salutary warning on the new Coast programme on BBC TV last week, when an eminent geologist revealed that the great Somerset flood of 1606 could not have been caused by a storm-surge in the Bristol Channel, as the weather was calm that day in January.
Latest research has discovered an ancient fault-line under the sea, south of Ireland, which produced an earthquake of magnitude 4 on the Richter scale as recently as ten years ago.
Remembering that the tsunami of 1606 reached as high as 25 feet, lasted for 20 minutes ['tsunami' means 'long wave'], and travelled at almost 40 miles an hour, makes it clear that to build more nuclear power stations there would be a disastrous folly, leading to a Fukushima-type accident, which would make large areas uninhabitable for at least 50 years.
The other recent news, of tuna on the west coast of the USA having radioactive caesium in their bodies from Fukushima, is another warning of the dangers of nuclear power.
The levels of radiation were described as 'within legal limits' for human consumption; but we already know that there is no such thing as a 'safe' level of radiation, from the work of Dr Alice Stewart, who established 55 years ago that one X-ray of a pregnant woman doubles the risk of cancer for her baby.
For the sake of future life on this planet, we do not need any increase in unnatural radiation levels.