“The China Syndrome”
The movie was released on March 16, 1979. By a bizarre irony, the disaster at the nuclear power plant at Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island happened just 13 days later on March 28th.
My father-in-law brought this to my attention today. He earned a degree in geology and was happily toiling away at a company that mined uranium when this near-disaster happened.
Apparently, the film, as mentioned, was released nearly 2 weeks before the 3-Mile Island incident, but also highlighted the scenarios and human factor errors that coincidentally really happened.
The ensuing panic put a halt on the demand for uranium and led to widespread layoffs at his company and was eventually shutdown.
I’m certain, to this day, that even after 3 Mile Island (34 years ago) and Fukushima (2 years ago), we still lack the necessary tools and resources to properly clean-up after a nuclear accident.
That’s the real tragedy.