2012 in Japan’11


(C) Aljazeera

On the picture you see officials checking residents of the area around the Fukushima nuclear power plant for signs of radiation poisoning.

Reuters says the usually bustling streets of Tokyo were empty tonight, with the few who did head into bars and restaurants glued to TV screens. Kasumi, 26, said:

Even in the bar we kept staring at the news. I looked at the tsunami swallowing houses and it seemed like a film. I live alone, so when I go home at night, I’m scared.

(c) Reuters

Others took to Facebook after some 800,000 phone lines were cut, putting extra pressure on the remaining communications infrastructure. A 23-year-old office worker from Tokyo posted:

Came back home at 8 in the morning after the depressing night … Now, the nuclear power plant has exploded and we might already be exposed to radioactivity.

I just don’t know what to do, what’s coming next, and will I be alive tomorrow?

(C)AP

Any radioactive pollution from the explosion at the Fukushima nuclear power plant will likely be blown out over the Pacific Ocean, thanks to favourable winds, says the French Nuclear Saety Authority.

However, Japanese officials have denied the ongoing nuclear crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant is as serious as either the 1979 Three Mile Island accident or the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

(c)Reuters

On the seven-point International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale, Fukushima rates a four, said Japan’s nuclear safety agency. Three Mile Island was a five, while Chernobyl was a seven.

Good night and good morning in advance Japan…

(c)getty images/afp

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