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Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident

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In March 2011 a major earthquake and tsunami caused massive damage to structures, and widespread flooding to low lying and costal areas of Eastern Japan.

This earthquake and tsunami also caused the meltdown of 4 out of 6 nuclear reactors on the Fukushima Daiichi site. This means that the nuclear cores have melted out of their containment vessels and flowed as a huge mass of radioactive material burning its way down into the ground beneath the reactors.

Tepco, the company which owns and runs the Fukushima site have been trying to keep the cores cool by pumping seawater onto the cores but this only creates radioactive cooling water which has to be stored until ways are found to effectively decontaminate such large quantities.
Currently, the processing of this water cannot keep up with the rate it is being produced.

Inevitably, some possibly large amounts of this water finds its way into the sea polluting our environment and killing the sealife - and eventually us too.

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