Freshly Pressed Award

Photo Journal Japan has received a WordPress.com Freshly Pressed award for excellent coverage of Japan’s triple disaster.

The site is dedicated to the victims of Japan’s 2011 triple earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. The information herein details the author’s experience, stranded in a foreign land, as the regions largest ever earthquake, was followed by an equally historical tsunami, and subsequent nuclear nightmare.

The author had been living in Japan for five years at the time of the disaster, and lived in the northeastern region when the 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit Miyagi prefecture. The tsunami that followed immediately destroyed Miyagi, Iwate, Fukushima, Iwaki, Ibaraki, and scores of other communities along the eastern seaboard of Japan.

The massive walls of water took less than ten minutes to reach the shore, with little warning for anyone to prepare an evacuation. Seawalls that had been built to protect communities had no effect as record-breaking waves pounded the shore lined communities. As if that wasn’t enough, the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Complex immediately began to fail resulting in a meltdown of at least three reactors that continue to release high levels of radiation into the atmosphere and ocean to this day. Several of the failed reactors were using the controversial, and highly volatile MOX fuel, one of the world’s most dangerous substances. As a result of TEPCO’s history of fraud, false reporting, recklessness, and gross negligence, much of Japan central region remains inhabitable. There have been no criminal indictments levied against any TEPCO executive for knowingly operating a nuclear plant in sub-standard conditions.

The IAEA rated the disaster at Units 1, 2 and 3 as a level 5 (a Major Accident) on the International Nuclear Event Scale. The events at Unit 4 had been placed at level 3 (a Serious incident). The air, surrounding communities far outside the 20km evacuation zone, the Pacific Ocean, farmlands, crops, dairy cattle, and tap water, as far away as Tokyo are now contaminated with high levels of radiation, and uranium. False reporting by government officials, and the media continue to prevail, as the western media, and politicians refuses to report on the matter.

As of this update, the nuclear disaster continues to destroy Japan environmentally, economically, and socially. There are regions in Japan that will not be habitable for several hundreds of years. The sad fact is the nuclear aspect of the triple disaster was man-made. It could have been avoided if governmental agencies like the JAEA, and TEPCO had placed safety above shareholders profits.

Read Photo Journal Japan to understand the true impact of Japan’s triple disaster. Click the following link to access the site https://photojournaljapan.wordpress.com.

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