Japan’s Electricity Crisis

Posted: March 23, 2011 in Current Events

If parts of Canada or the United States were hit with a disaster that crippled the electrical grid, recovery would be relatively easy as other parts of the country would be unaffected and could reroute power supply.  That does not seem to be the case in Japan.

It seems that in 1883, when Japan’s electricity system was established, two separate systems were developed.  One system services Tokyo and locations to the north while the other serviced Osaka and locations to the south.  The problem is that they were established at two different standards that are incompatible.  One operates at a 60 Hz standard while the other operates at a 50 Hz standard, meaning that power from one grid cannot be transferred to the other.  The areas where power supply has been crippled will remain crippled for a long time.  Analysts think that the casualties from lack of power, resulting from such things as lack of air conditioning in the summer, may reach into the thousands.

In addition to this, some analysts are also concerned about deaths from iodine poisoning, not only in Japan, but in other countries around the world where people have unreasonably panicked about possible nuclear contamination and have taken iodine tablets for “protection”.


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