2016: Radioactive Forest...
Fukushima: 2011-03-11 - 2016-03-11
Radioactive Forest, Radioactive Wild Life: Fukushima and the Lessons of Chernobyl
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The following NHK Documentary provides a riveting visual perspective on the transformation of the Fukushima region, 230 kilometers North of Tokyo in the wake of the 3.11 triple disaster. Earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant laid waste to the region which remains a wasteland to this day.
Wild animals are roaming the streets in a town evacuated since the Fukushima natural disaster. They seem intent on taking over the disaster community.
Are the flora and fauna in the forests suffering radioactive contamination? The film does not offer conclusive evidence, but it provides graphic presentation of the massive and continuing disaster facing Fukushima in light of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
Forests remain contaminated by radioactive particles. Wildlife including wild boars and raccoons run rampant through the waste abandoned following evacuation of humans. Radiation doses show continued high levels of contamination.
Many questions remain about the long-term impact of the disaster. In particular, the documentary finds that scientists can't (or can't yet) conclude that radiation is the cause of abnormalities in Fukushima, or what the effects will be on future generations.
But they document graphically, with abundant scientific and technological evidence, the nature of the impact on land, wildlife, humans and society, and the immense and ever increasing financial costs of government efforts to respond.
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