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Old March 11th, 2017, 08:22 AM   #1
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Frozen Clocks and Radiation Mark Fukushima's Abandoned Towns

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Frozen Clocks and Radiation Mark Fukushima's Abandoned Towns

The wall calendar in Yuji Onuma’s house remains stuck on March 2011, the month of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Onuma lived in the town of Futaba, Japan, about five miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. When the flooded plant began leaking radiation six years ago from Saturday, 150,000 people in the vicinity were evacuated. Onuma and his family were among them.

Since then, his house remains much as it was six years ago. Onuma says he has returned 81 times to document the scene with his camera so that his wife and young children will be able to see the home they cannot inhabit.

Ari Beser was there with Onuma to capture his most recent visit home, along with that of another evacuee, Kenta Sato from Iitate. Beser, a Fulbright-National Geographic storytelling fellow, had planned in early 2011 to live in Japan to hear stories from those who survived the 1945 nuclear bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Fukushima disaster gave his mission a new dimension.

“My family history brought me to Japan, but the failure of nuclear technology kept me here,” Beser says. (Follow his journey on Instagram.)

His grandfather, Lt. Jacob Beser, was the only U.S. serviceman aboard both bomb-carrying B-29s. He has made it a mission to collect stories not only from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but the ongoing crisis in the region surrounding the Fukushima plant, where wild boars have overtaken the town of Namie and evacuees in Futaba must make a reservation and sign a waiver with gatekeepers to gain access to their homes.

Beser says he and Onuma were exposed to 1 microsievert of radiation during their three-hour visit, less than one would encounter on a flight home to the U.S. Some towns are being reopened to residents, but Beser says there is lingering mistrust about the health risks.

“It is widely believed that [authorities] are rushing to open up the towns before they are truly known to be safe,” he says, “to end compensation for those who have been displaced.”

While the radiation levels in Futaba were relatively low, Beser says, the town of Iitate was a different story. Even though it is farther away from the power plant—about a 35-mile drive—air currents carried the radioactivity there. On their recent visit, Beser and former resident Sato measured radiation levels many times more than those of livable communities in Fukushima, yet the town is set to open next year.

The government has been removing the topsoil in Iitate in an attempt to decontaminate the town. But, Beser says, “there is no clear way to decontaminate the woods, which make up a large percentage of Fukushima.”
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Frozen Clocks and Radiation Mark Fukushima's Abandoned Towns

The wall calendar in Yuji Onuma’s house remains stuck on March 2011, the month of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Onuma lived in the town of Futaba, Japan, about five miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. When the flooded plant began leaking radiation six years ago from Saturday, 150,000 people in the vicinity were evacuated. Onuma and his family were among them.

Since then, his house remains much as it was six years ago. Onuma says he has returned 81 times to document the scene with his camera so that his wife and young children will be able to see the home they cannot inhabit.

Ari Beser was there with Onuma to capture his most recent visit home, along with that of another evacuee, Kenta Sato from Iitate. Beser, a Fulbright-National Geographic storytelling fellow, had planned in early 2011 to live in Japan to hear stories from those who survived the 1945 nuclear bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Fukushima disaster gave his mission a new dimension.

“My family history brought me to Japan, but the failure of nuclear technology kept me here,” Beser says. (Follow his journey on Instagram.)

His grandfather, Lt. Jacob Beser, was the only U.S. serviceman aboard both bomb-carrying B-29s. He has made it a mission to collect stories not only from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but the ongoing crisis in the region surrounding the Fukushima plant, where wild boars have overtaken the town of Namie and evacuees in Futaba must make a reservation and sign a waiver with gatekeepers to gain access to their homes.

Beser says he and Onuma were exposed to 1 microsievert of radiation during their three-hour visit, less than one would encounter on a flight home to the U.S. Some towns are being reopened to residents, but Beser says there is lingering mistrust about the health risks.

“It is widely believed that [authorities] are rushing to open up the towns before they are truly known to be safe,” he says, “to end compensation for those who have been displaced.”

While the radiation levels in Futaba were relatively low, Beser says, the town of Iitate was a different story. Even though it is farther away from the power plant—about a 35-mile drive—air currents carried the radioactivity there. On their recent visit, Beser and former resident Sato measured radiation levels many times more than those of livable communities in Fukushima, yet the town is set to open next year.

The government has been removing the topsoil in Iitate in an attempt to decontaminate the town. But, Beser says, “there is no clear way to decontaminate the woods, which make up a large percentage of Fukushima.”
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OMGosh.....so tragic. I can't even imagine.
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OMGosh.....so tragic. I can't even imagine.
Look at this, another example of zero foresight, building a nuclear reactor in an earthquake-prone region right next to the ocean, in California.



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While investigators examine the steam generator damage that has forced the months-long outage at California's San Onofre nuclear power plant, the cost of the shutdown and any necessary repairs continues to mount—and it's unclear who will end up paying the bill.

The new costs will easily exceed $100 million—and would be substantially higher if they included ongoing work on the steam generators as well as a prolonged period with reduced or zero power generation. The outlays include equipment repair or replacement costs, the expense of securing power contracts and daily electricity purchases while the plant is off line, as well as items such as increased regulatory oversight and customer-funded incentives for energy conservation.

San Onofre's troubles are worrisome because it is located on the Southern California coast between San Diego and Orange County—a densely populated region where more than 8 million residents live within a 50-mile radius of the twin reactors. That fact, plus unease over other problems at the aging facility and heightened fears about the safety of all nuclear plants has led some community groups to call for the plant's permanent closure—a scenario similar to mounting public opposition to the Indian Point nuclear plant near New York City.
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Look at this, another example of zero foresight, building a nuclear reactor in an earthquake-prone region right next to the ocean, in California.





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That California Nuclear Power plant was shut down permanently some years back. PG&E to close down Diablo Canyon, California's last nuclear power plant.

I can't spell the last name of your pic but sounds San Onofre and just above San Diego which went on line when I lived in San Diego in 1975.
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Look at this, another example of zero foresight, building a nuclear reactor in an earthquake-prone region right next to the ocean, in California.





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Fucking morons. What genius do you think came up with this idea anyway.
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Fucking morons. What genius do you think came up with this idea anyway.
Notice that you don't see giant cooling towers like at Three Mile Island. The water is chilly up and down the California coast due to the Japanese Current which circumnavigates the upper part of the Pacific Ocean and then heads south to California and the plant gets cooling water from the Pacific Ocean.
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Notice that you don't see giant cooling towers like at Three Mile Island. The water is chilly up and down the California coast due to the Japanese Current which circumnavigates the upper part of the Pacific Ocean and then heads south to California and the plant gets cooling water from the Pacific Ocean.
Yeah, that is great. They put the fucking thing next to the ocean, on a fault line.
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Yeah, that is great. They put the fucking thing next to the ocean, on a fault line.
What fault line? It is not on the San Andreas fault, the biggest and baddest fault in the Golden Bear State.

The San Andreas starts just north of Los Angeles and exits California under the Golden Gate Bridge.
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What fault line? It is not on the San Andreas fault, the biggest and baddest fault in the Golden Bear State.

The San Andreas starts just north of Los Angeles and exits California under the Golden Gate Bridge.
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he closest tectonic fault line is the Christianitos fault, less than a mile away, which is considered inactive or "dead", but other active faults in the vicinity might pose some threat.[22]
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There is a Los Angeles fault but there is no San Diego fault. There could be a wee bitty tiny San Diego fault but I never felt one tremor in San Diego. When I lived on Mare Island on San Pablo Bay felt tremors on an almost daily basis.
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