The Fukushima story rolls on relentlessly to affect generations to come. A catastrophic disaster at the time but such a sad legacy as well.
of Nagasaki, Hiroshima.
Wraithes that float
along the desolation coast.
Fukushima ghosts of those who died.
7th August 2013 – headline from the Independent
Notes: “A Fukushima fisherman’s tale: Radioactive water from the Daiichi plant is flowing into the ocean at a rate of 300 tons a day.” A survey released today by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said water laced with caesium and other radioactive materials is flowing into the ocean at a rate of 300 tons a day. The ministry, which oversees the nuclear industry, said it could not rule out the possibility that the water has been leaking into the Pacific since the crisis began more than two years ago. The recent admissions have forced the government to step into what many experts now consider the world’s most complex ever nuclear clean-up. That news is a disaster to fishermen like Mr Yoshio Ichida. Just 27 miles up the coast from the small harbour town of Soma, radioactivity from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant leaks into the ocean, and into the sardines, mackerel and squid that three generations of Mr Ichida’s family once caught. Every Thursday he and his colleagues learn the latest radioactive readings from the sea. “Until recently, we only detected caesium, but now we detect strontium, which has a much longer life-span,” he says. He and hundreds of other fishermen who used to work the Fukushima coast now while away their days mending nets and boats they may never use.
- Fukushima leaks will keep fisheries closed (newscientist.com)