10th anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster

Exactly 10 years ago, a 9.2 magnitude earthquake hit Japan marking the beginning of one of the biggest nuclear disaster in history.

The earthquake caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to switch to backup generators to run its cooling system. After about 50 minutes from the initial earthquake, a massive, 14-meter tall tsunami hit Japan’s coast damaging backup diesel generators at the FDNP. In the following days, hydrogen build-up in units 1, 3 and 4 caused them to exploded spreading radioactive fallout around the surrounding area and Pacific ocean.

Today, 10 years after the accident, the exclusion zone around Fukushima remains one of the most radioactive places on our planet and just like in Chernobyl, no-one knows how to deal with it…

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