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The court said regulators could have prepared for the 9.1-magnitude earthquake and tsunami which swamped the power plant. It was suggested that worldwide measurements of iodine-131 and caesium-137 indicate that the releases from Fukushima are of the same order of magnitude as the releases of those isotopes from the Chernobyl disaster in 1986;[8][9][10], Tokyo officials said that tap water should not be used to prepare food for children. This information paper describes in detail the causes of the nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi in March 2011 and the actions taken since. [17], The nuclear emergencies at Japan's Fukushima I and other nuclear facilities raised questions about the future of nuclear power. Incoming First Lady's $5,690 Oscar de la Renta dress sells out in HOURS - as... RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: Holy Tamale! Grid power was restored to parts of the plant on 20 March, but machinery for reactors 1 through 4, damaged by floods, fires and explosions, was still not working. But one remains, called tritium, which cannot be removed with existing technology. [1][2] The plant has six separate Nuclear reactors maintained by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). Most radioactive isotopes have been removed by an extensive filtration process. Japan will dump more than a million tonnes of radioactive water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea, Japanese media says. During Tokyo's bid for the Games, then-prime minister Shinzo Abe told Olympic officials that the Fukushima facility was 'under control'. Earlier this month, a court found both TEPCO and the Japanese government at fault for failing to prevent the meltdown. A major earthquake on 11 March 2011 caused a 15-metre tsunami to strike the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Japan's Tohoku coast, disabling the power supply and heat sinks, thereby triggering a nuclear accident. A state of emergency was declared at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, where a cooling system failed and released radioactive materials into the environment. All three cores largely melted in the first three days. A government panel said earlier this year that releasing the water into the sea or evaporating it were both 'realistic options'. [23] Following the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the International Energy Agency halved its estimate of additional nuclear generating capacity to be built by 2035. 'We can't postpone a decision on the plan to deal with the processed water, to prevent delays in the decommission work,' chief cabinet secretary Katsunobu Kato said today, without commenting directly on the reports. The process of filtering and releasing the water could take as long as 30 years, with clean-up efforts at the plant expected to continue until the 2040s or 2050s. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Tritium is only harmful to humans in very large doses, experts say. Fukushima has been one of the most famous names of the place in Japan against the residents’ will since the the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred on the 11th Match, 2011. The disaster caused catastrophic damage especially to the east side of Fukushima with the mega tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear power plant explosion. It was designed to withstand an earthquake with a peak grou… Tsunami waves observed after 7.4 quake in disaster-hit Fukushima, Radioactive leak reported at Norwegian nuclear reactor, Radioactive wild boars rampaging around Fukushima nuclear site, £1.2 billion structure built to stop radiation seeping from Chernobyl, The long road to recovery for city worst hit by 2011 Japanese tsunami. At the time of the quake, reactor 4 had been de-fueled while 5 and 6 were in cold shutdown for planned maintenance. Registered office: Tower House, 10 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA, United Kingdom, Reuse of World Nuclear Association Content, Fukushima and Chernobyl: Myth versus Reality, Towards a new safety promise - reflections on the IAEA Fukushima report. [4] The remaining reactors shut down automatically after the earthquake, but the entire plant was flooded, including low-lying generators and electrical switchgear in reactor basements and external pumps for supplying cooling seawater. Yes, there are niggles... but this really is a historic day: Bacteriology professor HUGH PENNINGTON argues... Brazil halts trials of Chinese Covid-19 vaccine following 'unrelated' death of a volunteer recipient. The Fukushima nuclear disaster is a series of ongoing equipment failures, reactor meltdowns, and releases of radioactive materials at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, following the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. World History 'Grief tourism' grows in popularity, with D-Day anniversary . The fate of the contaminated water has long been a matter of debate since the disastrous earthquake and tsunami of 2011, with environmentalists raising concerns and … Environmental activists have expressed strong opposition to the proposals, and South Korea has already banned imports of fish from the area. The connection to the electrical grid was broken. But further issues have surfaced since then, and TEPCO admitted in 2018 that its filtration systems had not removed all dangerous material from the water. [6] Measurements in areas of northern Japan 30–50 km from the plant showed radioactive caesium levels high enough to cause concern. The comments below have not been moderated. [11][12] Plutonium contamination has been detected in the soil at two sites in the plant. Nearly a decade on from the tsunami, this year's Olympic Games in Tokyo were meant to symbolise Japan's comeback from the disaster. [5] Flooding with radioactive water through the basements of units 1–4 continues to prevent access to carry out repairs. [7] Food grown in the area was banned from sale. Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group. Fears of radiation leaks led to a 20 km (12 mi) radius evacuation around the plant while workers suffered radiation exposure and were temporarily moved out at various times. In areas where the frequency and magnitude of earthquakes is significant, such as in Japan, particular attention is paid to seismic issues in the siting, design and construction of nuclear power plants. Reactor 1 was a 439 MWe type (BWR-3) reactor constructed in July 1967, and commenced operation on 26 March 1971. The Fukushima nuclear disaster is a series of ongoing equipment failures, reactor meltdowns, and releases of radioactive materials at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, following the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. Eight years on, the Olympics are set to arrive. Over four years on from Fukushima, Agneta Rising, director general of the World Nuclear Association considers the lessons from the accident.