Fukushima’s Fallout: The Half-Lives of Nuclear Refugees

To this day, the plant still leaks toxic, radioactive water and tens of thousands of “nuclear refugees” from nearby towns are still outcasts in their own land.

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Since the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011, the prefecture of Fukushima has entered the global imagination as a dangerous ground zero, home to a nuclear facility worryingly breached during the natural disaster. To this day, the plant still leaks toxic, radioactive water; on Oct. 3, 430 liters (110 gallons) spilled when workers overflowed a storage tank. Tokyo Electric Power Company said the spilled water had radiation readings nearly 6,700 times the legal limit.

Tens of thousands of “nuclear refugees” from nearby towns are still outcasts in their own land. What remains is a place in limbo—houses abandoned, frozen in time, and a community struggling to make do.

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Arronrod3
Arronrod3

Give it about 100 years plus, the radioactivity level will tend to come down.  Another 200-300 years, you can farm there again; we just have to stay optimistic.

youcantfoolme
youcantfoolme

While Japan keeps on lying, their people keep on dying...we continue sighing, while we keep on buying...

bang
bang

The Japanese have been very famous of keeping silence for what their government's antihuman behaviors.

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slashnburn
slashnburn

So.. I'm thinking Japan is a country the USA should have more interest in helping out financially and politically.. I mean, just saying.. when you weight in countries like Egypt, Iran, Afghanistan, etc.. True, no oil in Japan but an investment in them is an investment in the future of the abandonment of oil dependence and hence a future without fanatical islam, violence and death. Just saying..

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09_tm1

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mrxexon
mrxexon

I have followed this with much interest. And as I live on the coast of the Pacific Northwest, it is important that I monitor what is going on in Japan. All that radioactive seawater is slowing moving in my direction.

As for Japan, I'm convinced there is a coverup going on and the Japanese government is neck deep in it. As are the officials of TEPCO. This contamination is now EVERYWHERE in Japan. You can't get away from it.

We cannot blame either the quake or the tsunami on the human incompetence that has surfaced since that terrible day.

If I was a Japanese, I'd be mad as hell about it.


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tada
tada

@mrxexon 

Human incompetence was to blame?  I'd say our capitalistic, profit-driven, under-regulated economic system is to blame.  The large corporations do a cost-benefit analyses and don't factor in the destruction of our environment or the cost to human lives.