On March 11, 2011 a 9.0 magnitude earth quake hit Tohoku, Japan. It was followed by a Tsunami. The Tsunami was 14 meters (32 feet) high. The death toll was 15,883 persons plus 2,651 missing persons.
The earth quake was related to a great under ocean trench in the Pacific. That trench is a dividing line between continents. At the bottom of the trench there is a process which is called subduction.
Subduction is a process whereby the sea floor slides down beneath the mantle and then into the molten outer core of the earth carrying everything down and under with it to be recycled. This process spans millions of years. It is part of the mechanical movements of tectonic plates on which the continents float about.
Earth quakes are the effect of the friction caused by the oppositional movement and collision of tectonic plates and the great cracks running along the crust and mantle of the earth. The Pacific Rim is called the ‘Ring of Fire’ because of the high probability of volcanic and earth quake activity along it at all times. Japan is a set of islands situated along the Ring of Fire.
Ironically, the government of Japan allowed a company called TEPCO and GE (General Electric) to build a nuclear power facility at Fukushima Daiichi. This, Japan allowed, even though it is the only nation whose people have suffered a direct explosion and the radioactive collateral effects of atomic bombs being dropped on them during World War II.
The earth quake and tsunami caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to go into melt down. As a consequence since 2011 radioactive water from the reactors have been spilling into the air and ocean. The amount of radioactive water spilling into the ocean has been measured at about 300 tons per day. The amount spewing into the air has been measured at over 200 on the radioactive scale.
Through both of these avenues dangerous levels of cesium-137, Iodine-131, and Strontium-90 are getting into the food chain. Over time, the amount of radioactive material will increase in both the ocean and air. Those radioactive materials damage human bones, muscles, and thyroids. Medical experts have reported a 40% increase in damaged thyroids among the children of Fukushima.
Cancer rates are up among the Japanese people who were exposed to the radioactive fallout, too. I leave it to you to do further research on that problem. I want to address a bigger problem which will happen and for which you and the world are not prepared and cannot prepare to handle.
Very soon there will be another earth quake at or above a 7.0 magnitude near Tohoku, Japan. It will cause the nuclear rods in the reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant to touch. That will then trigger a nuclear reaction called fission. It will cause a global crisis the likes of which no life on this planet has ever faced. It will mark the end of mammalian (human) life on this planet. Let me explain why.
First let’s analyze what will happen in the ocean. See the picture above? The amount of radiation leakage into the ocean off the coast of Japan will increase by multiples of greater than 10. It will cause an already radioactively contaminated area around Japan to spread throughout the Pacific Ocean.
The first animals to die en mass will be the phytoplankton. Since microscopic animals called phytoplankton are the base of the ocean food chain, a domino effect will be triggered up the food chain causing food shortage and starvation of small and then large species including whales. Dead sea life will wash ashore by the trillions causing a stench that will drift inland hundreds of miles.
Then things begin to get even worse. The radioactive contamination will slowly spread to every ocean and sea in the world. Dead zones will spread and eventually engulf the world’s oceans and seas. The domino effect eventually hits human populations because the extinction of sea life eliminates a vital source of protein for human beings and birds. People will panic out of fear. Then people will begin to die by the millions. The old, those impaired and/or ill, and babies will die first, then those technologically undeveloped or unskilled. Lastly, Black people, and those without weapons for self defense will die or be killed. People will commit suicide by the millions. Insanity will be the new norm.
Because of the contaminated ocean water billions of people will begin to migrate inland. Populations will collide and be crushed together. Competition and the ensuing conflict between nations and individuals over land, animals, and crops will increase thus causing more millions of human deaths at the hands of other humans. But the horror will increase yet again as the human predicament will then take a turn for the worse.
There will be a massive problem of human waste. Contaminated dead animal and human bodies will lay unburied everywhere along with human feces and will cause the spread of disease. Everywhere, swarms of flies as thick as clouds will engulf whole towns. People will eat dogs and dogs and insects will prey upon people. And this shall not be the worst of our problems.
Drinking water which for so long we have taken for granted will diminish. The global hydrologic system is well known. Due to heat, water evaporates from the oceans and seas leaving its salt content in the ocean. The vapor rising into the air is condensed and form clouds. Those clouds are pushed by the currents of wind. They are then affected by temperature thus causing snow, rain, or hail to fall to the ground.
That fallen water is our only source of fresh water. However, because of radioactive contamination continually leaking out of the nuclear reactors the fresh water will become contaminated also. Within a few months, plants, insects, and mammals will begin to die from dehydration and or radioactive poisoning. The entire base of the human food chain will be destroyed. The fighting and killing between nations will increase geometrically as governments become dysfunctional or completely collapse.
Underground aquifers which have built up over millions of years will then become the prize possession of ruthless gang lords. They are situated more on some continents than on others. That will push their value up. You can see that the big fight will be in Africa. The gangs alone will possess the drilling equipment now owned by the oil companies to access underground water and they will possess unimaginably destructive weapons to control the aquifers. There will be no more governments.
RIVERS OF AIR
Those humans who survive will live around underground aquifers eating what packaged foods remain until it, too, is all depleted. They will live in caves to avoid radioactively contaminated air, dust, and rain. But they must breathe air and they will. And so, eventually horrific cancers will eat away at their bodies. There will be no medical infrastructure, nor medical experts to give aid, nor morphine to relieve their pain.
After 265 million years of evolutionary twists, turns, and interventions, in a last rite of savagery those last survivors will resort to cannibalism. Finally, the last human being will eat the other last human being in a metaphorical twist on the very problem which confronts us today. That problem is the unsolvable problem of human nature; those murdering beasts who cannot stop killing to avoid killing themselves.
We were never the best that we thought ourselves to be, but we were the very worst that we so artfully covered over in the guise of civil life. So from space this old planet will look inviting. It will cast itself earthen brown and blue with fluffy white clouds, but it will be a dead planet for millions if not a billion years. And if there are any survivors those survivors will be insects which evolve and perhaps play the game again but perhaps making better choices.
And what might you ask of the zoo keepers? Ahhh, they will continue to watch and again place their bets. For whatever intelligence does evolve to rise up from among the bugs will in time discover the same physics to play with again.