Ten years. Already. The images seem from another age. The importance of this accident hardly seems to prevail on this anniversary in this exceptional health context. However, little has changed around Fukushima-Daiichi and the follow-up, supervision of works and repairs undertaken should be of concern to us. It is therefore not inappropriate to take stock of what is still happening there on a daily basis. Nothing is made easy there though as the radioactive contamination combines with the viral.
Homo Nuclearus 9th March 2021 read more »
Fukushima residents suffered no harmful health effects after the the Fukushima power plant disaster. 10 years ago, according to UN report published on Monday. The series of meltdowns and explosions, prompted by a 2011 earthquake and a subsequent tsunami, is considered the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. The nuclear radiation from the Japan accident has not increased the risk for cancer beyond normal, said the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR). Moreover, since the last report in 2013, “no adverse health effects among Fukushima residents have been documented that could be directly attributed to radiation exposure from the accident”, said Gillian Hirth, UNSCEAR’s chairwoman. UN researchers said that a rise in thyroid cancer among children in the last decade was not related to higher levels of radiation, but rather due to more thorough analyses that had led to more cases being reported. In other areas and countries without higher radioactive exposure, better monitoring had also led to increased numbers of thyroid cancer cases, the report said. “It is a catastrophe, but it is not a radiation catastrophe,” radiation biologist Anna Friedl, who represents UNSCEAR in Germany, told the DPA news agency.
Deutsche Welle 9th March 2021 read more »
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Between 1979 and 2011, three reactor meltdowns, with distinct causes and effects, have forced communities to deal with the insidious consequences of radiological contamination. Radionuclides, in contrast to many other by-products of energy production, require the interventions of experts to sense and assess their danger. They cannot be readily smelled, tasted, heard, seen, or felt. The pathways of exposure, moreover, are multiple and include full body exposure, inhalation, and consumption of contaminated food sources. Many of these radionuclides linger in environments for decades, centuries, and even millennia in some cases. These features of radiological harm place people affected by radioactive fallout in a difficult position. They must rely on experts to regulate the risks of a disaster and, afterward, to assess its effects and provide a means of redressing their injuries. Across three major disasters—Three Mile Island in 1979, Chernobyl in 1986, and Fukushima in 2011—those affected by nuclear reactor meltdowns have been forced to navigate complicated administrative and legal compensation regimes in an attempt to rebuild their lives and communities. Tax-payers and power companies’ rate-payers, meanwhile, have borne many of the financial burdens of these disasters. When a major nuclear disaster occurs, its effects reach deeply into economy and society, and more often than not these effects extend to people far away from the accident’s geographic location.
Nuclear Compensation (accessed) 10th March 2021 read more »
Ten years ago one of the most powerful earthquakes on record triggered a devastating tsunami in Japan, killing more than 18,000 people and triggering catastrophic meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Then and now photographs show the extent of the destruction and the enormity of the reconstruction work.
Guardian 10th March 2021 read more »
Part of the town of Tomioka, about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, is still a no-go zone 10 years after a meltdown sent radioactive fallout over the area. The no-go zone is about 12% of the town, but was home to about one-third of Tomioka´s population of 16,000. It remains closed after the rest of the town in northeastern Japan was reopened in 2017. Only those with official permission from the town office can enter the area for a daytime visit.
Daily Mail 10th March 2021 read more »
Fukushima 10 years on: How the ‘triple disaster’ unfolded.
BBC 10th March 2021 read more »
Almost a decade ago, on 11 March 2011, a massive earthquake created a 14 metre-high tsunami wave which destroyed the reactors of a Japanese nuclear power station at the town of Fukushima. Ten years on, the clean-up has barely begun. Large areas of farmland and towns near the plant are still highly contaminated, too dangerous to inhabit. Constant vigilance is needed to prevent the stricken reactors causing further danger. It will be at least another 20 years before they can be made safe. At first the gravity of the accident was overshadowed by the other damage the tsunami had caused, particularly the loss of nearly 20,000 people from communities along the coast who were swept to their deaths as their towns and villages were ruined. Heart-rending scenes filled television screens across the world for days as rescue teams hunted for survivors and parents separated from their children searched evacuation centres.
Climate News Network 10th March 2021 read more »
“We came close to the obligation to evacuate 50 million inhabitants. It was tantamount to the collapse of an entire country, ”testified Naoto Kan , Prime Minister of Japan at the time of the disaster. On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9 earthquake occurred in the sea east of Japan. Earthquake at the origin of a tsunami that would submerge the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, cause the fusion of three of its reactors and the loss of cooling of several storage pools for spent fuel.
Actu Environnement 10th March 2021 read more »