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The earthquake in Japan has replaced the internal debate in U.S.. Until Friday, dominated the fight for conservation programs and the loss of union power, and since then the American view of the devastation across the Pacific – and wondered if soon endanger.

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In California, the probability that an earthquake of great magnitude is within the next decades, with more than 90 percent. What are the implications for 37 million people and the four nuclear reactors were there?

U.S. is a common destination with Japan, for two reasons. Firstly, that are geographically closer to Japan than in Europe. Secondly, does the quake as a warning to his own future. Tsunamis caused by the earthquake in the western Pacific, came just hours after Hawaii and California – but highly attenuated. The early warning system established in 2004, has proved. The inhabitants of the islands of the Pacific and the U.S. west coast were warned in time.

But when the ground shakes a day the same force in California, Oregon and Washington state, the warning time for residents is not cut. And now in Japan will continue after the earthquake, only a few minutes before the tsunami waves were returning to their costs. The early warning system helps only those who live far enough.

Directly affected the United States also feel because of its military bases in Japan and more than 35,000 Americans are stationed there. They are doing well and are now helping in the rescue of survivors and clean. The teams from the United States flying in the Misawa military airfield, which is near the earthquake zone, but remained intact. The group of aircraft carrier “Ronald Reagan” was run on Sunday. Serve as a floating hospital and floating airport to refuel the helicopter.

In particular, the earthquake of Japanese Americans, but their vulnerability has in mind. The overall risk estimate by Japan and the earthquake in California, U.S. experts such as Tom Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center in California, as a “damn similar. Tim Melbourne State University Washington believes that far: “The Japanese are much better prepared than us.”

Was it a mistake? Or was the correct analysis that the Japanese are the consequences of an earthquake building codes and safety measures have included well-planned, as the U.S. do – and you have to fear that the damage would be a most serious disaster in America?

Obama’s energy mix is ​​the rebirth of nuclear energy
“What is happening now in Japan, eventually reached in the year for us” says Solomon Yim of Oregon State University. He said David Oppenheimer, an expert on tsunamis in the geological monitoring center in California. U.S. operates 104 nuclear reactors. Four of them are in California, two in the south, near San Clemente between San Diego and Los Angeles, where earthquake risk is lower. The other two with the evocative name “Diablo Canyon” Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco and therefore closer to the area of greatest risk of earthquakes near the San Andreas fault.

The four reactors are among the new generation in the U.S.. They entered the mid-eighties and is more modern than the crisis of the nuclear threat from Japan. According to the U.S. Atomic Energy Agency, which are designed to withstand a major earthquake and tsunami. After the nuclear accident in Harrisburg in 1979 without new nuclear power stations had been planned more. Particularly in construction, but were completed.

Obama’s mix of energy to include nuclear energy recovery. I wanted to help build several new reactors, with eight million dollars. U.S. newspapers comments on the plan now will meet with more skepticism.

The tone, published in U.S. media about the impending collapse of the Japanese nuclear plant in Fukushima and conclusions for their own use of nuclear energy, is more restrained than in Germany. Most Americans have no fundamental objections to nuclear energy. Their participation in the power supply is 20 percent, even in California, only 13 percent. In Germany, 23 in Japan for more than 30 percent.

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