Japan still struggling after 2011 tsunami

Three years on from the devastating earthquake and tsunami which triggered the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl and Japan’s Fukushima plant is still struggling.

The main problem is how to control the build-up of highly contaminated radioactive water.

Tokyo Electric Power Company owns the plant

and although radiation levels have declined the wearing of a protective gear in the control room is compulsory.

Chairman of the Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee, Dale Klein:

“Tepco is making progress on the water management plan but I’m not satisfied yet. I still would like to see a more comprehensive, integrated water management plan.”

At 2.46 on the afternoon of March 11, 2011 an earthquake struck off the coast of Honshu sending a 15 metre wall of water over six metre high seawall defences.

Around 19,000 people were killed and a million buildings were destroyed. Three years on and nearly 270,000 individuals are still homeless.

Earthmoving equipment is everywhere, residential neighbourhoods are being relocated to higher ground. A massive land clearance and rebuilding programme is underway but it could take decades.
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