Fukushima Ten Years On - There’s No Town Left: Fukushima’s Eerie Landscapes
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- Mar 11, 2021 6:37 pm GMTMar 11, 2021 6:30 pm GMT
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It´s ten years today since the earthquake, tsunami and meltdown of the nuclear power plant at Fukushima. It´s worth having a look at this and related articles to remind us of what happened.
Even now — a decade after those deadly natural disasters on March 11, 2011, set off a catastrophic nuclear meltdown — the Japanese government has not fully reopened villages and towns within the original 12-mile evacuation zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. And even if it did, many former residents have no plans to return.
Within Japan, the disaster’s legacy still feels painfully immediate. A government proposal to release about one million tons of contaminated water into the sea has riled local fishermen, and cases against the government and the plant operator are winding through the country’s highest courts. The issue of nuclear power remains highly fraught.
And for miles around the plant, there are physical reminders of an accident that forced the exodus of about 164,000 people.
In Katsurao, about 20 miles inland from Ms. Kobayashi’s home, radioactive soil sits in temporary waste sites. (top photo).