In Japan a year after the Tohoku earthquake and Fukushima nuclear disaster

On March 11, 2011, the most severe earthquake on record hit the Pacific coast of Japan.  This earthquake triggered powerful tsunami waves, which caused serious accidents at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.  Emergency generators used to pump necessary coolant to three nuclear reactors failed, causing the reactors to overheat and explode.  This “meltdown” caused the release of dangerous amounts of radioactive materials into the surrounding area.  Besides the Fukushima disaster, the earthquake devastated neighborhoods in northeastern Japan.

A few friends and I visited Japan a year after the earthquake.  Our host, Mike Peragine, filmed the footage below in Ishinomaki shortly after the earthquake hit.

Earthquakes are far from a rare occurrence in Japan.  The film below depicts all of the earthquakes to hit Japan in 2011.  Watch it until at least March 11th!  It becomes clearer why anti-nuclear activists argue that nuclear reactors should not be placed in earthquake prone areas, among other things.

To protect against flood damage from tsunamis, the Japanese government developed the G-Cans project, a $2B underground waterway and water storage area.  This futuristic system was dubbed the “underground temple.”

  

A few of my photos from the trip are below.

  

  

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