It’s been 10 years since a submarine earthquake off Japan’s pacific coast triggered a powerful tsunami that devastated much of the country’s northeast. One of the many casualties from tsunami waves was the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant north of Tokyo.
The power station had six reactors, two of which survived the 15-metre high wave that hit the site. But others needed to be cleaned.
After the earthquake, Japanese authorities and field operator Tepco spent years decommissioning and disinfecting the facility. It’s a rigorous, necessary study that has seen radioactive contamination drop completely, or even completely, in some places.
We take a look at the measures Japan has taken to protect and improve the area around the facility, what the facility looks like today, and what can be learned internationally from this disaster.
Euronews is also interviewing nuclear power plants and nuclear safety experts for analysis of procedures in Fukushima to understand the full scale and impact of the work undertaken.
Residents have been moving back to the area for several years. They give us first-hand experiences of living in an area close to the factory, how safe they feel, and what it feels like to be at home.
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