by Marielena Montesino de Stuart

(NOTE:  This post is NOT an endorsement of the United Nations)

Japan’s earthquake and tsunami on Friday is a tragedy of cataclysmic proportions.  Thousands are dead, and thousands are missing.  It is reported that at least one million people are without food and water.

Three nuclear power reactors suffered damage, causing the failure of the cooling systems.  This dangerous situation has triggered the alarm of a possible atomic catastrophe.  A “meltdown” could release radioactive material into the atmosphere.

 

 

 

 

The International Atomic Energy Agency is monitoring the situation as it evolves. Here are the updates: IAEA

Background:

The IAEA has its headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

David Fischer, author of  “The History of the IAEA: The First Forty Years” describes the beginning of the IAEA as follows:  “The Agency´s genesis was US President Eisenhower´s “Atoms for Peace” address to the General Assembly of the United Nations on 8 December 1953. These ideas helped to shape the IAEA Statute, which 81 nations unanimously approved in October 1956. The Statute outlines the three pillars of the Agency´s work – nuclear verification and security, safety and technology transfer. “

William Sterling Cole was a Republican member of the House of Representatives, and the first Director General of the IAEA.  Its current Director General is Yukiya Amano of Japan.

References: 

♦  Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI)

♦  International Red Cross

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