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Fukushima Disaster Will Wreak Environmental Havoc for Centuries

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A report from Greenpeace reveals that the destruction of ecosystems caused by the Fukushima meltdown is worse than the government lets on.

Radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan will have a long legacy of environmental destruction with up to hundreds of years of devastating impacts on the ocean, waterways, plants, and animals, according to a new Greenpeace Japan report released Friday.

The report, titled “Radiation Reloaded: Ecological Impacts of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident 5 years Later,” reveals that radiation from the 2011 nuclear plant meltdown has found its way into trees, butterflies, birds, fish, and the important coastal estuary ecosystem in the region.
The findings also shed light on the “flawed assumptions” that have been shared as official information by the government of Shinzo Abe and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

RELATED: Japan: Fukushima Radioactive Leak Continues in Ocean

“The Abe government is perpetuating a myth that five years after the start of the nuclear accident the situation is returning to normal,” said Kendra Ulrich, Senior Nuclear Campaigner at Greenpeace Japan, in a statement on Friday. “The evidence exposes this as political rhetoric, not scientific fact.”

While local flora and fauna show radiation levels have increased since the disaster, some residents have been told it is safe to return to contaminated areas.

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Fukushima Disaster Will Wreak Environmental Havoc for Centuries

Environmental activists protest the environmental destruction of Fukushima outside the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea.
Environmental activists protest the environmental destruction of Fukushima outside the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea. | Photo: Xinhua

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Published 4 March 2016 (1 hours 52 minutes ago)

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A report from Greenpeace reveals that the destruction of ecosystems caused by the Fukushima meltdown is worse than the government lets on.

Radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan will have a long legacy of environmental destruction with up to hundreds of years of devastating impacts on the ocean, waterways, plants, and animals, according to a new Greenpeace Japan report released Friday.

The report, titled “Radiation Reloaded: Ecological Impacts of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident 5 years Later,” reveals that radiation from the 2011 nuclear plant meltdown has found its way into trees, butterflies, birds, fish, and the important coastal estuary ecosystem in the region.

NEW REPORT: Ecological Impacts of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident 5years Later https://t.co/zfxXCbLFlV pic.twitter.com/mp3QSWtjxy    — Greenpeace Japan (@gpjen) March 4, 2016

The findings also shed light on the “flawed assumptions” that have been shared as official information by the government of Shinzo Abe and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

RELATED: Japan: Fukushima Radioactive Leak Continues in Ocean

“The Abe government is perpetuating a myth that five years after the start of the nuclear accident the situation is returning to normal,” said Kendra Ulrich, Senior Nuclear Campaigner at Greenpeace Japan, in a statement on Friday. “The evidence exposes this as political rhetoric, not scientific fact.”

While local flora and fauna show radiation levels have increased since the disaster, some residents have been told it is safe to return to contaminated areas.

“Because they’re liars!” 5 years after #Fukushima and tension towards govt still exists https://t.co/tzODrpQoDh pic.twitter.com/PDn04Od0L6    — Greenpeace (@Greenpeace) March 4, 2016

“There is no end in sight for communities in Fukushima – nearly 100,000 people haven’t returned home and many won’t be able to,” Ulrich added.

Fukushima was the largest nuclear disaster since the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, and the single largest incident of radiation contamination in an ocean in history.

According to Greenpeace, Fukushima has seen radioactive water seep into the ocean on nearly a daily basis for five years, and the government’s response has been adequate to manage the crisis.

Greenpeace #Japan calls on govt to get serious about 100% renewables, quitting nuclear and coal https://t.co/knUVJPPNT1    — RenewEconomy (@renew_economy) March 3, 2016

“The government’s massive decontamination program will have almost no impact on reducing the ecological threat from the enormous amount of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster,” Ulrich said.

The report calls on the Japanese government to consider alternative options to nuclear power and work towards transitioning to sustainable and clean energy.

Greenpeace reports that over 317 million cubic feet (9 million cubic meters) of nuclear waste have spread around Fukushima.

The report is based on 25 radiological investigations carried out by Greenpeace since March 2011, when the earthquake hit and wreaked havoc on Fukushima.

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12 Comments on "Fukushima Disaster Will Wreak Environmental Havoc for Centuries"

  1. Apneaman on Fri, 4th Mar 2016 3:11 pm 

    How unfortunate for whatever life remains on the planet. Apes won’t be around to experience it.

  2. GregT on Fri, 4th Mar 2016 3:47 pm 

    “Fukushima was the largest nuclear disaster since the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident”

    2 down, and 506 left to go…………….

  3. Pennsyguy on Fri, 4th Mar 2016 3:48 pm 

    Sad but true Apnea. The gods must love irony, or maybe hubris: nuclear power was supposed to provide global cornucopian prosperity for everyone! Remember “Atoms For Peace” or “Electricity too cheap too meter,”?

  4. penury on Fri, 4th Mar 2016 4:22 pm 

    It seems to be contest among humans to find the quickest and most efficient means of killing each other. If anyone is keeping score I think we have enough disasters to see us out.

  5. twocats on Fri, 4th Mar 2016 4:37 pm 

    there’s increasing evidence that there is at least a small possibility we could end up turning Earth into a waterless planet. Puts the whole “Earth will survive even if we don’t” argument into question

    http://theconversation.com/our-mostly-dry-planetary-neighbors-once-had-lots-of-water-what-does-that-imply-for-us-43817

  6. john orr on Fri, 4th Mar 2016 4:46 pm 

    Another article not worth reading as the shit coming out of US nuclear is even worse

  7. Go Speed Racer on Fri, 4th Mar 2016 6:51 pm 

    The wealthy elites leaned their lesson from Chernobyl. From now on, nobody running around complaining with Geiger counters, no scientists in white lab coats, and no pesky reporters.

    From now on, it does not matter if the reactor blew up. Everybody act normal and go about your business.

    Just that nobody told the radiation and the cancer about the new rules.

  8. makati1 on Fri, 4th Mar 2016 7:49 pm 

    ‘Fukushima Disaster Will Wreak Environmental Havoc for Centuries”

    It has a lot of company and will have a lot more as the future unfolds. Death of the ecosystem by slow radiation poisoning or fast by mushroom clouds? We shall see. Some of us, that is.

  9. Shaun on Sat, 5th Mar 2016 12:18 am 

    More for Christians than anyone else.

    Read Revelation 9:1-11, then watch…..

    http://youtu.be/3dDlSYl3J6c

  10. Go Speed Racer on Sat, 5th Mar 2016 4:53 am 

    Somebody has a sky daddy. On a website like this one, not very many have a sky daddy. But they got lots of other phobia, and hang ups instead.

  11. Kenz300 on Mon, 7th Mar 2016 10:18 am 

    TEPCO has a 40 year clean up plan……in that plan they say the technology to clean it up does not exist…….

    Nuclear energy is too costly and too dangerous…….

    There are safer, cleaner and cheaper alternative energy sources like wind and solar.

  12. peakyeast on Tue, 8th Mar 2016 6:28 pm 

    They should place as much nuclear power as possible in fukushima. Then the disasters will have less impact in the future. Then the proponents of it can try it out for themselves i.e. how great it is to live in.

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