Fukushima´s impact


A 9.0 earthquake provoked a 15 meter Tsunami that hit the East coast of Japan and caused the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. There is still a high risk of radiation that keeps away workers from accessing the area to clean it up.

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Fukushima´s nuclear escape into the Pacific Ocean.

The 11th of March of 2011, as a consequence of the Tsunami, the cooling of the reactor and the power supply of the nuclear plant in Fukushima caused the nuclear disaster. During the first 3 days the nuclear cores of 3 of the 6 reactors melted and released radioactive substances. This substances that were released to the enviroment during an alarming period of time will not cause any changes in hereditary diseases and will not affect to the future Cancer rates according to the United Nations Scientific Commettee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation. All of this was stated on the publication of the UNSCEAR that was revealed the 2nd of May, although the radiation that the citizens of Fukushima will receive during their lifetime will increase.

The Commette believes as well that there could be a probability that the cases of Thyroid Cancer increase in children as it happened with Chernobyl’s nuclear disaster, thats why they will study the situation. The workers that were exposed were evaluated too and there are no changes expected although the most exposed workers will recieve regular health checks.

The worst situation for that has happened in decades occured when the Tsunami reached the coast, 15 884 people died, 1 600 of them were people in temporary houseliving that didn’t have access to hospitals or healthcare. 300 000 people were evacuated from the Fukushima are including Tokioma town, with 15 800 residents, beacame ghost town leaving 6 000 homes, schools and business empty. At that time the residents in Fukushima just had a few hours to pack their belongings and leave. The emissions of cesium and iodine were released in to the enviroment exposing them to a high danger.

 

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– Cleaning up duty from workers in Fukushima.

Regarding to the ecosystem, the Committee believes that the effects on flora and fauna that have been caused are limited to the shoreline area adjacent to the nuclear plant. Any effect will be transient even though small traces of radioactive water have been recently found in Canada, and in tuna on the shores of the states of Oregon and Washington, thousands of miles away. What has been left around Fukushima’s nuclear plant is what is called “the red zone”. In which only workers well equiped with face masks and protective gear are allowed to get in. They spend most of their time filling up black bags with contaminated soil. The amount of Black bags is so big that what years ago were fields with crops, now are dead fields full of black bags. If not, the workers will be going around with a Geiger counter, to detect radiation or cleaning up the reactors of the plant. A nuclear plant than once had thousands of time more radiation the bomb thrown on Hiroshima.

 

http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/final-word-on-the-health-risks-from-fukushima-accident/article6033840.ece

http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/fukushima-radioactivity-found-in-oregon-and-washington-state-tuna/26459/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2618828/Fukishima-aftermath-Eerie-drone-footage-reveals-apocalyptic-wasteland-Japans-abandoned-east-coast.html

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/05/21/world/asia/japan-fukushima-visit-ripley/

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