Updated: Wednesday, 19th February 2020 @ 11:35am

Piccadilly Pulse: Japan's Nuclear Crisis – 19/03/2011

Piccadilly Pulse: Japan's Nuclear Crisis – 19/03/2011

By Helen Le Caplain & Barrie White

The world was rocked this week by the news of the disaster in Japan.

Japan has not only suffered the aftermath of an earthquake and tsunami, but is now beginning to feel the effects of a nuclear fall-out.

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, said: The tragic events in Japan are still unfolding. We should not rush to judgment (sic). It is important that we have the full facts at our disposal.”

MM took to the city's streets to find out Mancunians’ opinions on one of the most shocking disasters in recent memory.

This week’s question:

Following the recent nuclear situation in Japan, what were your views on nuclear power, and how have they changed?

Janet, 48, Sale, Caretaker:

“I had an uncle who committed suicide at the time of the atomic bomb. He was so frightened of the idea of nuclear power. He was only in his twenties.”

Low, 37, Manchester, originally from Malaysia:

“We need to stop all of the nuclear power.”

Fatih, 29, Piccadilly, Sales Manager:

“I’m originally from Turkey. Chernobyl affected the Black Sea Coast, I’m against nuclear power.”

Roshan, 22, Paralegal secretary:

“Always thought it was a bad idea and still do.”

Joel, 23, Manchester, PHD student in particle physics:

“It’s strengthened my views. These nuclear reactors were designed in the 1960s for the worst case scenario in Japan. In the UK there are no earthquakes, so it’s perfectly safe.”

Carol, 62, Manchester, Project Manager:

“There are other alternatives. What’s happened in Japan demonstrates the inherent danger.”

Ben, 18, Manchester, Student:

“Nuclear power is the most efficient way because of low emissions. There are dangers with everything.”

Marianne, 75, Gatley, part-time teacher:

“I reluctantly accepted what the British government said about nuclear power. Now I’ve seen the possible devastation in Japan, and I’m beginning to doubt again.”

Andrew, 64, Retired, Wilmslow:

“We don’t have natural disasters.  Had it been for the natural disaster, then there would be no problem.”

Jason, 36, Customer Services, Gorton:

“We’re lucky where we live; we don’t get that sort of natural disaster in this country.”

Andrew, 57, Maintenance Manager, Piccadilly:

“Basically, if you’re building Nuclear Power plants, then you need to investigate the stability of the ground that you’re going to build it on”.

Joe, 41, Charity Supporter, City Centre:

“It was a really horrible tragedy.  I’m not worried that it will happen in Great Britain as we don’t have natural disasters like that.”

Patrick, 23, Conductor, SportCity:

“Nuclear power is green and good.  My long-term view is that nuclear power is good for the country.”

David, 62, Retired Teacher, City Centre:

“It was totally unforeseen and horrific; no one could predict that tragedy with such devastating qualities as that.  It seems the alerts worked as people survived, so it means education works.”

Alice, 20, Student, Handforth:

“It’s really sad.   I think, as a developed country, I’m not affected as much as I am with the earthquake in Haiti but I am still affected.  It won’t be as difficult for Japan to recover.

Mohamed, 20, Customer Services, Moss Side:

“Seeing people losing their lives and houses, it makes me feel really sad, and I want to help.”

Piccadilly Poll:

Following the recent nuclear situation in Japan, what were your views on nuclear power, and how have they changed?

Options Results
Was against, now for 0%
Was for, now against 3%
Was against, still against 49%
Was for, still for 28%
No opinion



CRISIS: An explosion rocks Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi plant earlier this week