Essay about The Disaster Of The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

1319 Words Apr 21st, 2016 6 Pages
“You could feel it under your feet. This entire enormous building [was] moving at once… A lot of things were falling… Danny over to the left [was] screaming, ‘It’s going to blow! It’s going to blow!’ The entire floor went black” (Pillitteri). The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was caught in the midst of two natural disasters that resulted in the biggest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. The events of March 11, 2011 started when a Richter Scale 9.0 earthquake rocked the coast of Tohoku, Japan. The earthquake itself was not very devastating; a few people were killed by falling objects, but outside of that the events would have been considered a success in earthquake management (Curtis, 16). However, the sea floor split apart, triggering a 45-foot tsunami wave that ravaged the coast of Tohoku and swept towards inland Japan. Pillitteri described it this way; “When I first saw it, I saw it as far north and as far south as you could look… it was just an ungodly amount of water.” The tsunami damaged the nuclear reactors and caused a meltdown, which released toxic chemicals and radiation into the atmosphere. While most of the world has forgotten about the events, they still are a very real problem for Japan and will be for many years to come. The real disaster did not happen on March 11, 2011; it will effect Japan mightily in the foreseeable future by hurtin the economy, the people, and their environment. One of the less noticed effects of the events was that much of…

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