John Droz is the publisher of "Energy and Environmental Newsletter." Fukushima nuclear power plant accident. A nuclear facility finally experienced the dreaded cataclysmic event. Were millions of people stricken or obliterated? No. Compared to what nature did to Japan, the nuclear consequences will be relatively small. To understand the extraordinary forces that these reactors were subjected to, consider that the power of the nearby earthquake has been estimated to equal some 300,000 atomic bombs! If that wasn’t enough, there was then a thirty foot tsunami added to it. 5. The experiences learned here will insure that existing and future reactors will be even safer yet.