BeforeFUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR DISASTER By Cameron and Cooper The Explosion
WHAT CAUSED THE DISASTER?On the 11th of March 2011 a magnitude 9 earthquake triggered atsunami off the coast of Japan.The 15m tsunami ﬂooded the nuclear plant at Fukushima causing a seriesof power failures, cooling problems and a meltdown.The Fukushima disaster is the worst and the largest nuclear disastersince the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.
BEFORE THE EXPLOSION Before the explosion, reactor 4 was de-fuelled while reactor 5 and 6 were cold closed for maintenance and then reopened. The other reactors were shut down automatically after the earthquake. In the hours that followed, reactor 1,2, and 3 experienced a full meltdown.
The Explosion• The explosion started on the 11th of March 2011. When the earthquake and tsunami occurred and wiped out the reactors of the plant then overheated and blew up. The plant was heavily damaged by not only damage but with radiation.• On the 11th-15th of March, the reactors 1-6 blew up and the plant was then surrounded with radiation.
The Casualties• It is estimated that 1,000 people will die from cancer from the explosion at the plant.• 20,000 people died from directly the earthquake and the tsunami at the start before it blew up.• 37 people were injured from physical injuries.
THE FUTUREThe future of the Fukushima power plant is that the plant will be cementedso that no more radiation is released and the area near the plant will not beable to be used for crops because of the radiation in the ground.As for Japan it will be a hard time living in Japan because some crops havebeen removed because of the radiation. The people in Japan are at riskbecause the animals with radiation could be killed for meat and then sold tofamilies for food. When the families eat it and then they get radiation intotheir systems and they will have shorter lives. It could possibly spread toAmerica and infest their country to. How it will spread to America is thatthe radiation from the plant will spread to the ﬁsh in the sea and the ﬁshcould swim to America.In early January 2012, all reactors will be cold closed for safety reasons.
THE FUTURE 2100,000 people have been displaced and forced to leave their towns around theplant after it spewed massive volumes of radiation particles and in January they willknow whether it is safe to come back and live in Japan.People in Japan have to rethink if they want to have nuclear power for their countrybecause it will take a 3, 5 10 years or even decades to clean up the power plant.