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Take a look at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant for the first time since the March 11 tsunami.
Before and After Photos of 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Destruction Show 6 Months of Speedy Cleanup
Tōhoku Japanese Earthquake Sculpture by Luke Jerram.
About the piece:
This sculpture was made to contemplate the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan. To create the sculpture a seismogram of the earthquake, was rotated using computer aided design and then printed in 3 dimensions using rapid prototyping technology. The artwork measures 30cm x 20cm and represents 9 minutes of the earthquake.
Look for it soon at the Jerwood Space in London for a show called Terra. The show will also include his fantastic virus sculptures.
Otsuchi, Japan - before and after. This incredible 60 Minutes report from tonight’s show highlights Otsuchi, a town that lost 10 percent of its population in the disasterous earthquake and tsunami in March. Some residents are finding help from their sister city: Fort Bragg, CA (the towns share the same latitude). The California town, population 7,000, has unique ties to Otsuchi and has helped raise of $180,000 for their sister city. Watch the piece here. [Above: Video screenshots of Otsuchi before and after the tsunami.]
Japan Earthquake: Six Months Later
Yesterday, the world commemorated the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States, but Sunday had another significance for Japan. It marked six months since the massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11, a date now seared in the country’s national consciousness. At 2:46 that afternoon, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck Japan offshore, triggering a tsunami wave of up to 10 meters (33 ft) that engulfed large parts of northeastern Japan and also damaged the Fukushima nuclear plant, causing the worst nuclear crisis in decades. The current number of dead and missing is estimated to be 22,900. Gathered here are some recent images from the region, including 12 before-and-after photo pairs (starting with photo number two) that you can click to see the difference six months can make.
See more incredible before-and-after shots at In Focus
Six months ago today: the Japan earthquake and tsunami
15,781 people were killed as a result of the devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Tohoko, Japan and the resulting tsunami waves. Around 83,000 have been displaced from their homes.
4,086 people are still missing.
[Photos: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters; Kyodo/Reuters; Yomiuri Shimbun/AFP/Getty Images; Damir Sagoli/Reuters; Kyodo/Reuters; Gregory Bull/AP; Yomiuri/Reuters; Amit Dave/Reuters]
Photos: Japan tsunami, a timeline of the aftermath
Japanese photo agency Kyodo documented several sites of the Tsunami that hit Japan in March, 2011 in three month intervals leading to the six-month anniversary.
Photo: An area of Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, March 16, 2011 (top) after the area was devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and its aftermath taken June 3, 2011 and Sept. 1, 2011, (bottom). (Reuters/Kyodo)
“Broad areas around the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant could soon be declared uninhabitable, perhaps for decades, after a government survey found radioactive contamination that far exceeded safe levels, several major media outlets said Monday.
The formal announcement, expected from the government in coming days, would be the first official recognition that the March accident could force the long-term depopulation of communities near the plant, an eventuality that scientists and some officials have been warning about for months. Lawmakers said over the weekend — and major newspapers reported Monday — that Prime Minister Naoto Kan was planning to visit Fukushima Prefecture, where the plant is, as early as Saturday to break the news directly to residents. The affected communities are all within 12 miles of the plant, an area that was evacuated immediately after the accident.
The government is expected to tell many of these residents that they will not be permitted to return to their homes for an indefinite period. It will also begin drawing up plans for compensating them by, among other things, renting their now uninhabitable land. While it is unclear if the government would specify how long these living restrictions would remain in place, news reports indicated it could be decades.” - Martin Fackler
Large Zone Near Japanese Reactors to Be Off Limits
[Photos: the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant on March 20. Credit: Air Photo Service; Residents check the damage done to a road and house in Sukagawa city, Fukushima prefecture, on March 11. Credit: Fukushima MinPo/AFP/Getty Images; A deserted street in Futaba inside the exclusion zone around from Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. Credit: Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images; The central control room of Unit 3 at Fukushima Daiichi power plant. Credit: Kyodo/AP]
Residents Return $78 Million From Rubble
While looting often becomes an issue post-disaster, it’s been the exact opposite in Japan.
Since the March earthquake and tsunami that leveled much of Japan, thousands of wallets containing a total of $48 million in cash have washed ashore – and been turned in, ABC reports. In addition, 5,700 safes containing $30 million in cash also have turned up.
Ryuji Ito, professor emeritus at Japan’s Yokohama City University, tells the Daily Mail that these acts of integrity are simply reflective of the culture:
“…The fact that a hefty 2.3 billion yen in cash has been returned to its owners shows the high level of ethical awareness in the Japanese people.” [read more; March 13 photo: Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images]
Fukushima radiation: What deadly radiation “hot spots” look like
See the red spots? You know, the ones surrounded by blue and green? Those represent 10 sieverts per hour of radiation. That is extremely high and could lead to death within seconds. And at the Fukushima site, that’s what they’re apparently still dealing with … mind you, five months after the fact. “Radiation leakage at the plant may have been contained or slowed but it has not been sealed off completely,” noted Osaka University professor and nuclear engineering expert Kenji Sumita. "The utility is likely to continue finding these spots of high radiation.“ To put this in perspective, add three zeros to the number 10, to make it 10,000 millisieverts per hour (mSv). Then, take a look at this graphic. Yeah. Scary as hell, right? We’ll say. source
Japan defeats US at Women’s World Cup Final. Sawa saves country in extra time, then wins on penalty kicks. http://bit.ly/n81nBk
Japan’s goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori celebrates saving a penalty during the FIFA Women’s Football World Cup final (via World Soccer - Photo Gallery - Yahoo! Sports)
She put on one hell of a performance in this game, and the tournament. Well done, Japan.
New earthquake in Japan: This one is a 7, which is strong but nowhere near as bad as the one that hit back in March. One thing to worry about: The tsunami alert area includes Fukushima.
What Happened to Media Coverage of Fukushima?
While the U.S. media has been occupied with Anthony Weiner, the Republican presidential candidates and Bristol Palin’s memoir, coverage of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster has practially fallen off the map. Poor mainstream media coverage of Japan’s now months-long struggle to gain control over the Fukushima disaster has deprived Americans of crucial information about the risks of nuclear power following natural disasters. After a few weeks of covering the early aftermath of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, the U.S. media moved on, leaving behind the crisis at Fukushima which continues to unfold. U.S. politicians, like Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, have made disappointing and misleading statements about the relative safety of nuclear power and have vowed to stick by our nuclear program, while other countries, like Germany and Italy, have taken serious steps to address the obvious risks of nuclear power – risks that the Fukushima disaster made painfully evident, at least to the rest of the world.
News outlets in other countries have been paying attention to Fukushima, though, and a relative few in this country have as well. A June 16, 2011 Al Jazeera English article titled, “Fukushima: It’s much worse than you think,” quotes a high-level former nuclear industry executive, Arnold Gunderson, who called Fukushima nohting less than “the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind.” Twenty nuclear cores have been exposed at Fukushima, Gunderson points out, saying along with the site’s many spent-fuel pools, this gives Fukushima 20 times the release potential of Chernobyl.
For Americans who think “out of sight, out of mind” or “it can’t happen here” when it comes to Fukishima and its ramifications, think again. Janette Sherman, M.D., an internal medicine specialist, and Joseph Magano, an epidemiologist with the Radiation and Public Health Project research group, noticed a 35% jump in infant mortality in eight northwestern U.S. cities located within 500 miles of the Pacific coast since the Fukushima meltdown. They wrote an essay, published by CounterPunch, suggesting there may be a link between the statistic and the Fukushima disaster. They cited similar problems with infant mortality among people who were exposed to nuclear fallout from Chernobyl. Sherman and Magano urge that steps be taken to measure the levels of radioactive isotopes in the environment of the Pacific northwest, and in the bodies of people in these areas, to determine if nuclear fallout from Fukushima could, in fact, be related to the spike in infant mortality.
Oh, Japan. Even your nuclear disaster/earthquake charity stamps are cute. If such a thing happened in the US, I can guarantee all charity materials would be somber and illustrated with a flag, not a little pastel bird sitting on a flower made of hearts.
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