On March 11th, 2011, the northern section of Japan was hit by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, followed by a 15 meter tsunami, causing the death of over 15000 people. (Spacey) Even though the earthquake and the tsunami caused a tremendous amount of deaths in the northern region of Japan, the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant caused a severe damage to northern Japan’s ecosystem that people still cannot go back to their homes; despite it is 4 years after the disaster. After the earthquake, the tsunami destroyed the power supply used by Fukushima’s three nuclear power stations, causing severe levels of meltdown to be occurred inside the reactors in the timespan of 3 days. It was not until 2 weeks after the tragedy, when the reactors were finally stabilized, and took several months to approach what is called a “cold shutdown condition”, in which the fission in the reactors are completely stopped.(Fukushima A)
On average 700 people worldwide drink contaminated water worldwide. The leading cause to water pollution is sewage and waste. On average the world dumps 5-10 million tons of untreated industrial waste into streams, rivers and oceans. In 2011 a tsunami that hit Japan sent a forty-three and half miles long island made of debris floating out into the pacific ocean. Also from causes of the tasumi it promoted the Japanese government to dump two million of radioactive water into the pacific ocean as well. In 1989 Exxon accidently spilled eleven million metric tons of crude oil into the sea off of Alaska’s Prince Williams Sound. The disaster cover 3,000 square miles.
Luckily, there was no tsunami, but California and Oregon had waves up to 2.4 m high and obtained at least $10 million in damage (Mueller, 2014,1). The waves from the tsunami in Japan swept cars, planes, houses, and over 1.5 million tons of Japanese debris into the ocean, which have slowly floated towards the Unite State’s coast. Light objects like bins, balls, and buoys were the first to reach the United States, while large objects like docks took longer to wash ashore (Mueller, 2014,1). Along with the debris hundreds of organisms have made the long journey across the ocean. Some of theses organisms are extremely unpredictable and may be invasive (Earth Island Journal). As a result of the destruction of the Fukishima Nuclear Plant, large amounts of radiation could also stat to head towards the United States (Oregon Live). Already there have been traces of airborne radiation detected in milk in the United States (Oregon Live).
When an 9.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Japan on March 11th, 2011, it was the first of a series of horrific events that Japan would be forced to endure. Many homes, families, properties, and belongings were lost on that day. And when the tsunami rolled over the island, many believed that it was over for them. Not only had people’s lives been put in disarray and desolation, but there had not even been simple necessities available. Food. Water. Communications. And electricity. When the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant had been hit by the earthquake and tsunami, the reactors were shut down and so was the electricity. Over the course of months the reactors suffered, extreme heat, fires, hydrogen explosions, and radiation exposures. At the time,
Event 1. When visiting Aisha Fukushima event on “Story Telling” it was very enjoyable. She mainly talked about the importance of being expressive. She told us to live in the moment and it’s important to express our emotions. It made me think of Paul D Miller, which he talks about how artists express their emotions by the music they create. From the event I understood that hip-hop is very expressive because there is no specific way to perform hip hop, but there are multiple different ways. Towards the end Aisha told the audience that it’s important to write because it releases emotions of a person.
While the immediate threat of nuclear war has diminished since the end of the Cold War, nuclear threats remain an imminent concern to be prepared for. Recent events, such as the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster, show us that although the possibility of ICBMs raining down may be less there is still a need to be ready for nuclear radiation.
Recently, the deserted Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant has been emanating an alarming amount of radiation. Kyodo of Japan Times reported that the radiation reading has reached its highest level since its emergence in March 2011 (Kyodo, 2017). As a result, there is a greater presence of air and water pollution in Fukushima that could easily spread to surrounding areas. Therefore, it seems appropriate that in an interview with the Washington Post, radio-ecology expert Tom Hinton stated Fukushima is “an area that is among the most radioactively contaminated in the world” (as cited in Andrews, 2016). This resurgence has generated conspiracy theories, false maps and, interestingly, little news coverage. While many across different continents
Because of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, the Pacific Ocean experienced more discharge of radioactive waste than any other ocean in the world. The immediate effects were devastating for fishers. Around 56% of all of fisher’s catches had noticeable traces of cesium. Because of such drastic conditions, drastic measures were taken to ensure safety of Japanese citizens. Fishing was banned off some coasts of the countries for months before it became regulatory again.
March 11, 2011 a 9.1 magnitude earthquake hit Japan and it’s the largest earthquake ever to hit Japan. Several nuclear reactors in Fukushima were damage by the 30-foot tsunami wave that was caused by the earthquake. Surprisingly, seaborne radiation from Japan's Fukushima nuclear catastrophe has been identified on the West Coast of the United States. Cesium-134, the supposed unique finger impression of Fukushima, was measured in seawater tests taken from Tillamook Bay and Gold Beach in Oregon ("Fukushima Radiation Has Reached U.S. Shores"). So is Fukushima poisoning the Pacific Ocean? My answer is yes.
The current energy sources we consume in the US are in need of a change. Dependence on the fossil fuels of oil and coal are hazardous for two important reasons: their undesirable impact on the environment and it has created the economic boom in the US. There is an agreement between the public and experts that nuclear fission is not the answer. The catastrophic meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant after an earthquake in Japan provides the proof. The introduction of horizontal drilling by the gas industry combined with successful development techniques of hydraulic fracturing has showcased as a solution to solve these problems altogether. We now gain access to the 100 years ' worth of energy in the form of natural gas underneath the
Effects can go beyond air and land, to also effect marine environments and species. In January 1968, a United States Air Force B-52 bomber crashed into the ice covering North Star Bay in Greenland. The airplane was carrying four hydrogen bombs on an alert mission during the Cold War when a fire started on board. When the plane crashed, the hydrogen bombs on board went off and radioactive contamination was released into North Star Bay, as well as Narssarssuk, a neighboring city of the crash site. In 2003, analyses of the marine area that was affected by the crash showed that plutonium levels were still elevated over 30 years later. The highest levels were found directly under the site of the plane crash, but levels were elevated in the surrounding areas as well. Seaweed found in Bylot Sound, an ocean inlet in North Star Bay, showed increased concentrations of plutonium compared to seaweed found outside of Bylot Sound. The increase of plutonium in the Sound is a direct result of particle transportation from wind and wave actions that pushed the contamination to surrounding areas (Nielsen et al). Areas in the direct
Stemming from new technologies such as the atomic bomb and the hydrogen bomb, atomic power was a new, clean source of power. This technology was ultimately executed poorly by the USSR and help lead to its decline. In 1986, the reactor at Chernobyl exploded, which was the worst nuclear meltdown that had happened up until that point (and is still considered the worst in history, rivalled only by the Fukushima disaster in 2011). The fallout was blown into other nations, eventually affecting millions of people. This disaster reflected poorly on the Soviet government, leading many to question its legitimacy. According to Mikhail Gorbachev (the leader of the USSR at that time), “[t]he country will never recover. [Chernobyl] cost us 18 billion rubles.
In 2011, a tragic calamity has shocked the entire world. The radioactive isotopes from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant were released due to the consequent tsunami caused by the the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake. Massive amount of radioactive sewage flowed into Pacific Ocean and Japanese sea. Substantial number of dangerous substances were transmitted through air. The radioactive substances not only devastated the environment, but also severely jeopardized the health of all the creatures ranging from Japan to North America. Uncountable innocent marine animals mutated and died, which led to
The Daiichi and Daini Fukushima nuclear plants were situated 11km from the coast and to the south . The dachii plant had been built about 10 metres above sea level with the seawater pumps 4 m above sea level . However , The Daini plant was built 13 metres above sea level. In 2002 the design basis was revised to 5.7 metres above, and the seawater pumps were sealed. In the event, tsunami heights coming ashore were about 15 metres, and the Daiichi turbine halls were under some 5 metres of seawater until levels subsided. Luckily , Daini was less affected. The maximum amplitude of this tsunami was 23 metres at point of origin, about 180 km from Fukushima . At 3:42 pm, the first tsunami wave hit, followed by a second 8 minutes later. The flooded