Six years ago during the city’s bid for the games, the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, assured the international community that the situation was “under control”. Satellite image: ©2019 Maxar Technologies Ties between the north-east Asian nations are already at a low ebb following a compensation dispute over Koreans forced to work in Japanese factories during the second world war. As such, decontamination does not imply that radiation has vanished; it has simply been moved elsewhere. The disaster added just a fraction of a percent to the radiation that’s already in the ocean, 99 percent of which is naturally occurring. Coastal nuclear plants commonly dump water that contains tritium into the ocean. Storage tanks for radioactive water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. At right, Harrison, British Columbia, where some soil and salmon were found to be contaminated with radioactivity from Fukushima last March. Lingering safety concerns remain a hurdle to restoring the agriculture sector. 1) was initiated by the 15-meter tsunami that occurred following the Tohoku earthquake. Plants and flowers have also started to grow inside the bags, in the process tearing them apart. Fukushima: Storage tanks are full, radioactive waste to be dumped straight into the ocean . Yet in rural regions, where many of the bags are currently being disposed, far away from the eyes of urban dwellers, residents are still forced to live near the storage sites. Seoul has hesitated to tighten restrictions thus far, even as health authorities predict the number of daily cases might top 1,000. Japan's environment minister says contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant may have to be released into the ocean because storage space will run out in 2022. Will China, Japan, and India get any relief in the Year of the Ox? No decision on how to dispose of the water will be made until the government has received a report from a panel of experts. In April 2017, the news that Fukushima nuclear power plant planned to release 1 million tons of radioactive waste water into the Pacific Ocean was exposed, and the residents objected. A Hindu temple was set on fire and demolished by a mob led by supporters of a radical Islamist party. Guilty or not for exacerbating the suffering of Filipinos in 2020, Duterte is facing potentially tougher challenges in 2021. Citizen science campaign aims to collect ocean samples and fund radiation analysis. Levels of radiation have also decreased due to a massive state-sponsored program of radioactive decontamination in the urban and rural areas of Fukushima. Yet today, the scale of radioactive contamination throughout northeastern Japan is no longer what it used to be since 2011. How did Fukushima affect the environment? How bad was the radioactive fallout from the nuclear disaster in Japan? These radionuclides are not rays, but dust-like particles that can stick to the body and be inhaled or ingested. Because of this uneven dispersion, monitoring posts often overlook the presence of hot spots, places where the level of radiation is significantly greater. Weather factors like wind and rain have displaced many radionuclides like cesium-137, which accumulate in patchy locations, such as ditches, drainage areas, or playgrounds. [citation needed] September 10, 2019. In April 2017, the news that Fukushima nuclear power plant planned to release 1 million tons of radioactive waste water into the Pacific Ocean was exposed, and the residents objected. Delays in dismantling the disaster-stricken nuclear power complex cast doubt on whether recovery goals will move forward according to schedule. Radionuclides are then contained in vinyl bags, so as to impede the risk of rescattering residual radioactivity. Fukushima Dai-Ichi’s storage tanks for contaminated water on Oct. 8. 09/14/2018 / Mike Adams. Indeed, thats what the members of the local and central government, as wel… Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. In the period following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan saw the release of harmful radioactive pollutants or radionuclides, such as iodine‑131, cesium‑134, cesium‑137, strontium‑90, and plutonium‑238, among many others. The Fukushima leaks were miniscule compared to the vast scale of the Pacific, said Nicholas S. Fisher, an expert on nuclear radiation in marine animals at Stony Brook University in New York. March 11, 2019 will mark the eighth anniversary of the triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, following the 9.0 Tohoku earthquake and resulting tsunami, which knocked out all power to the plant, including the backup generators. Compare these values to the map of background radiation of Cesium-137 in the ocean before Fukushima (from 1990), it’s only 4 Bq/m 3 in the Pacific. Scientists are now saying that the Pacific Ocean is already radioactive and is currently at least 5-10 times more radioactive than when the US government dropped numerous nuclear bombs in the Pacific during and after World War II. When we look at the official maps of radiation of northeastern Japan, levels are low, but there are many ways to make them appear low. Saint Lawrence Island residents anticipated that Fukushima-related contamination would eventually reach the Bering Sea based on their knowledge of ocean currents. April 12, 2016. Japan is considering releasing the radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the environment. The China-EU relationship has changed. lat.) Sea water is radioactive already without the addition of Cs-137 from Fukushima, at about 12,100 Bq / ton, or 12.1 Bq / … So 1 ton of Pacific Ocean sea water is matched by a 20 gram / 1 oz bite out of a banana. Get briefed on the story of the week, and developing stories to watch across the Asia-Pacific. Radiation levels … The Olympic flag is already present in Tokyo. The operator of the ruined Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will have to dump huge quantities of contaminated water from the site directly into the Pacific Ocean, Japan’s environment minister has said – a move that would enrage local fishermen. Japanese officials said highly radioactive water was leaking from Fukushima Daiichi into the Pacific Ocean at a rate of 300 tons (about 272 metric tons) per day. Figure 1. These are rays that pass through the body and leave. June 3 – 17, 2011. The Japanese fishing community and nuclear watchdog groups are raising alarms over government plans … About one-fifth of Japanese residents refuse to take fish and food from Fukushima. Even though the levels of radiation in the area and in the marine organisms were elevated, they were actually not a threat to the ecosystem or to human consumers in most cases. According to them, the amount of radiation in the Pacific Ocean is increasing every year. Indeed, the levels of radioactivity in places like New York are mostly the result of background radiation, which is naturally occurring radiation from the soil or the sun. “The only option will be to drain it into the sea and dilute it,” Yoshiaki Harada told a news briefing in Tokyo on Tuesday. However, Fukushima is having a bigger impact than just the West coast of North America. While it is true that some radionuclides like iodine-131 are no longer present in the environment, due to their very short life span, the overall picture of contamination is much more complex. FAQs: Radiation from Fukushima June 6, 2019 On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake—one of the largest ever recorded—occurred 80 miles off the coast of Japan. Consequently, the data accumulated by monitoring posts is partial and unrepresentative of the extent of radioactive contamination. A map of Fukushima radiation spreading and contaminating the Pacific Ocean is a fake. ... 10 September 2019. In the period following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan saw the release of harmful radioactive pollutants or radionuclides, such as iodine131, cesium134, cesium137, strontium90, and plutonium238, among many others. NOAA. Is China the reason why? Harada did not say how much water would need to be discharged into the ocean. Since Fukushima’s triple catastrophe — earthquake, tsunami, and radiation plumes — there has been relentless news of seafood contamination. Why is this being ignored by the mainstream media? The process of decontamination consists of collecting and removing radioactive pollutants. © 2020 Diplomat Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. Will the CAI spark a new era of Chinese diplomacy on the continent? Just $5 a month. Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) has struggled to deal with the buildup of groundwater, which becomes contaminated when it mixes with water used to prevent the three damaged reactor cores from melting. The decision by the government and the tsunami-devastated plant’s operator to release contaminated water into the Pacific was ‘driven by short-term cost-cutting’, a new study has found Dissatisfied by state-sponsored monitoring, many citizen scientists have collectively tracked and monitored residual radioactivity in Japan, legitimizing the presence of hot spots. Other options include vaporising the liquid or storing it on land for an extended period. The restart of Sendai 1 is nearly complete, but uncertainty looms over Japan’s disposal strategy for fresh nuclear waste. Fukushima Still Plagues Pacific Ocean Fishery, Government & Industry See No Evil. for Us, In the empty lands around Fukushima today, most of the radiation is long since gone. Many rural residents have criticized the actual efficacy of the decontamination projects. The same is true of radiation carried by winds around the globe. Geoffrey Ducanes, Puja Dutta and Nicola Nixon, About The waters off Fukushima Prefecture are at the confluence of two ocean currents — the Oyashio from the north and Kuroshio from the south — which … As a testament of the government-led decontamination, mountains of black plastic bags, filled with contaminated soil or debris, can be seen in many parts of Fukushima, forming a stark contrast against the emerald-green mountains of the region. The commercial rock crab season is open from the Humboldt Bay entrance at the north jetty (40°46.15’ N. latitude), including all ocean waters of Humboldt Bay, to near Cape Mendocino, Humboldt County (40°30.00’ N. To be perceived as a major power, India must articulate a clear vision of a world order, something that it has not so far done. The case for greater cooperation in the protection of ASEAN’s migrant workers. Well, not exactly. By John LaForge. Eight years after the disaster, radioactive exposure no longer seems to pose a problem. Levels of cesium-137 in water samples taken near the ocean surface between 2011 and 2017. A: The Fukushima disaster was complex, radioactivity was deposited into the atmosphere, on the land, but much of it was dispersed into the ocean, which was actually seen as a blessing in disguise. Nearby South Korea has also voiced concern over the impact it would have on the reputation of its own seafood. The tsunami disabled the generators that would have provided power to cool the reactors. The unprecedented designation threatens to generate frictions with an important U.S. partner in Southeast Asia. Fukushima, on the other hand, is dealing with the release of radionuclides, which are fission products from nuclear power plants. Japan announces new plan to drain radioactive Fukushima water DIRECTLY into the Pacific Ocean. NOAA. The far-reaching dangers of nuclear power were on full display Tuesday as Japan's environmental minister recommended releasing more than one million tons of radioactive wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi plant into the Pacific Ocean nearly a decade after a tsunami caused a meltdown at the coastal facility. “The whole of the government will discuss this, but I would like to offer my simple opinion.”. Citizens measuring radiation levels with a Geiger counter in Fukushima. A: The Fukushima disaster was complex, radioactivity was deposited into the atmosphere, on the land, but much of it was dispersed into the ocean, which was actually seen as a blessing in disguise. The Japanese government has been accused of a cover-up after it refused to allow independent testing of water from the Fukushima power plant that is likely to be released into the Pacific Ocean. Last month, Seoul summoned a senior Japanese embassy official to explain how Fukushima Daiichi’s waste water would be dealt with. "The Internet and social media’s arrival in the region have led to unprecedented levels of grassroots activism across societies.". These ionized particles are not taken into account by state monitoring posts, even though they are dangerous if inhaled or ingested. Photo by Maxime Polleri. 06/10/2019 / Edsel Cook. Radiation levels across the Pacific Ocean are rapidly returning to normal five years after a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant spewed gases and liquids into the sea, a study showed Monday. However, this does not imply that radioactive contamination is gone – not at all. Tsunami Information. Any decision to dispose of the waste water into the sea would anger local fishermen, who have spent the past eight years rebuilding their industry. Will the Biden administration finally end the U.S. presence in Afghanistan? Fukushima Fukushima: Japan will have to dump radioactive water into Pacific, minister says More than a million tonnes of contaminated water lies in storage but power company says it … Tepco has attempted to remove most radionuclides from the excess water, but the technology does not exist to rid the water of tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen. Yet the disaster has also released radionuclides that emit ionized particles, that is, alpha and beta particles. 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