Fukushima: A Nuclear Disaster Essay examples

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March 11, 2011 at 2:46 pm, the north-east coast of Japan suffered a magnitude nine earthquake that resulted in a tsunami. Millions of people were left homeless by the extensive damage. Cities were destroyed and many lives were lost, but worst of all the nuclear reactors in Fukushima could not withstand the powerful forces of the tsunami. Soon after the tsunami struck, millions of tons of radioactive water dumped into the pacific ocean, and onto the land. The destruction of the nuclear reactors has had many effects on the ecosystem, human health, and the economy. Primarily, the Fukushima disaster has caused negative effects on the ecosystem. Eight hundred square kilometres near the nuclear plant have been declared too radioactive for …show more content…
Not only does the radiation effect the land, but it also effects humans individually in many ways. Since March 2011, the lives of many Japanese people have changed dramatically. Over 150,000 people had to be evicted from the exclusion zones. During the eviction, approximitly 1,600 people lost their lives (Cuttler). Many of those who survived still make mortgage payments on the homes that they do not live in. Equally important, the radiation is effecting human health. Radioactive caesium has been found in spinach, tea leaves, milk, beef, and fresh water fish up to two hundred miles from Fukushima (Yamiguchi). In humans, radiation builds up in the heart, kidneys, small intestine, pancreas, spleen and liver. Also, the process of accumulation occurs much faster in children than adults. Surprisingly, the United Nations Scientific Community released a statement saying the recent exposure has not had any immediate health effects; however, the signs of radiation induced illnesses can take time to develop (Fukushima…Misunderstood Effects of Radiation). Overall, the health consequences of this disaster will be seen in time, but the economic issues have been immediate. After any natural disaster the cost of cleanup is substantial. The Japanese government is looking at a total economic loss range from $250 to $500 billion US over the next ten years. In order to accommodate this

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