Is Fukushima still evacuated?

Is Fukushima still evacuated?

All farming has been discontinued within a 12-mile radius of the facility. As of August 2011, the crippled Fukushima nuclear power station was still leaking low quantities of radioactive material, and the lands around it might be uninhabitable for decades owing to high radiation levels. However, most residents either have returned to their homes or have been relocated by government officials.

Evacuation orders were initially issued for a 20-kilometer (12.5 miles) radius but were later extended out to 30 kilometers (19 miles). The government also announced its intention to relocate some residents from their homes near the plant.

In March 2012, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared that all areas within 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) of the plant had been released from evacuation orders. However, several villages within this exclusion zone have not yet been allowed to return to their homes because of concerns about further leaks of radioactive material from the plant.

In May 2013, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency reported that radioactive cesium levels in soil near the plant were higher than expected, raising fears that it may be emitting more radiation than previously thought. Officials said they believed the increase was due to rain washing away protective layers of topsoil over the reactor site.

In July 2014, Japanese authorities said they had found elevated levels of radioactive substances in vegetables grown within 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) of the damaged plant.

Is Fukushima still quarantined?

As of August 2011, the damaged Fukushima nuclear power station was still leaking low quantities of radioactive material, and regions around it might be uninhabitable for decades owing to excessive radiation.... The technical condition at the Fukushima Daiichi facility is anything but stable. Although the situation has been described as under control, this statement is based on an assessment that assumes that there will be no further accidents or natural disasters.

In fact, the accident has already had significant long-term effects on the environment and population living near the plant. In addition to causing public anxiety about radiation and affecting the tourism industry, it has forced a permanent move away from home for many residents and brought into question the safety of other nearby reactors. It also threatens to undermine support for nuclear energy worldwide.

After the disaster, all food products from within 20 km (12 miles) of the plant were banned by government officials as a precautionary measure to prevent any possible contamination of local crops. However, because most farmers in this area rely on agriculture for their income, this has caused problems for the community. Only rice and vegetables are grown in these areas now, which can only feed Japan's population.

Additionally, some fish species have been found to contain high levels of cesium 137, a byproduct of nuclear fission that is not broken down by normal chemical processes.

Is Fukushima abandoned?

Residents and academics argue that the Fukushima communities that hoped to benefit the most from nuclear power have instead lost the most as the tragedy has caused Japan to reconsider its nuclear reliance. The 2011 tsunami left a seaside facility building inside Futaba's evacuation zone in ruin. Although plans were announced in 2013 for some of the destroyed buildings to be rebuilt, no new reactors have been approved since then.

Fukushima's mayor said in 2016 that his city had become "a ghost town". Around 30,000 people still live within 20 kilometers (12 miles) of the plant. They are allowed to return to their homes for certain days each month but can't stay there full time because of concerns about radiation.

Many experts believe that the damage inflicted on Fukushima by the earthquake and tsunami is so great that it would take years if not decades to repair it. They also say that even if the plant was able to withstand such an event itself, other areas of Japan could not rely on its protection because the technology used to build it was not safe enough. In addition, many opponents claim that the government knew about the dangers involved with nuclear energy but chose to ignore them. They also say that officials kept information about the accident secret from the public for fear that it would hurt the country's image and hinder efforts to bring back tourists to Fukushima.

Nuclear power remains important for energy security reasons and for reducing CO2 emissions.

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Charlene Hess

Charlene Hess is an expert on military and veteran affairs. She has served in the Marine Corps for over 20 years, achieving the rank of Corporal. She is now retired and enjoys sharing her knowledge of military life with others through writing articles and giving speeches on the subject.

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