Fukushima: The Ignored Threat
When people hear the word radiation, often it is thoughts and images of the Cold War that come up. That event has certainly left an indelible impression on our collective memories. Yet this fear of radiation produced much less radioactive waste than Fukushima is, right now. Yet still, nobody is really mentioning the problems at Fukushima. Even Chernobyl, a much older nuclear meltdown, has more spotlight in the public eye. This is a problem because Fukushima is a very immediate threat.
A Big Bad Bang
Some even more concerning issues with Fukushima is that the accident started all the way back in March of 2011. An earthquake with a measured magnitude of 9 is what started the chain reaction that lit this radioactive powder keg. The earthquake’s raw force drummed up a powerful tsunami, one that would disable vital cooling systems near the core of several reactors.
Still Going Strong
While we sit in 2017 some may think that Fukushima’s threat is long gone, which cannot be further from the truth. Over these past six years, 300 tons of radioactive water has been leaking into the Pacific Ocean. There have been huge emissions of radiation into the air and water, the intensity of which only seems to be increasing. This becomes even more concerning when you consider they found radioactive elements as far as 250 kilometers from the plant.
The Human Element
Fukushima needs more news coverage. Thousands of people’s lives are effected as a result of this issue. Many of the locals had to move and face economic hardships, as well as the looming threat of developing radioactive-based diseases.
Disasters such as Fukushima reveal how dangerous nuclear energy can be. When well-organized and technologically advanced societies like Japan still cannot contain nuclear disaster in any effective way, it might be time to consider another energy source, especially with attractive options in ever-increasingly efficient wind and solar energy technology.
This could all become a reality just by increasing awareness about these issues. So spread the word! Let’s make a strong global community together.
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