WASHINGTON -- A MoveOn.org petition penned by anti-nuclear activist Harvey Wasserman is asking the United Nations to intervene at the crippled Fukushima nuclear facility in Japan.
A 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan on Friday, prompting a fresh round of tsunami warnings at the nuclear site, which was ravaged in 2011 after an earthquake and tsunami caused flooding that led to a partial meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, leaving behind millions of gallons of radioactive water.
"At Fukushima Unit 4, the impending removal of hugely radioactive spent fuel rods from a pool 100 feet in the air presents unparalleled scientific and engineering challenges," the petition reads. "With the potential for 15,000 times more fallout than was released at Hiroshima, we ask the world community, through the United Nations, to take control of this uniquely perilous task."
More than 100,000 people had signed the petition as of Friday afternoon. It's slated for delivery to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and President Barack Obama in early November.