Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster Aftermath Reveals Mind-Boggling Facts

First Posted: Dec 09, 2016 02:48 AM EST

It has been more than five years when Japan quivered as a result of a massive 9.0 magnitude earthquake, which resulted in tsunami. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was an additional blow to the people of Japan in the time of distress. The nuclear plant suffered damage in the earthquake, which caused leakage of harmful nuclear radiations.

Recently, the Woods Hole Oceanic Institution revealed that the seawater samples collected last winter from the Tillamook Bay and Gold Beach in the west coast indicated the presence of low levels of nuclear radiations. Thankfully, the levels were calculated too low to cause any harmful impact on the human or animal population of the region.

Ken Buesseler, Woods Hole chemical oceanographer, tracked down the radiation plume in the seawater. He proposed that the nuclear radiation exposed seawater crossed the Pacific Ocean and reached the west coast. The findings were published in the Statesman Journal News Reports.

Meanwhile the Japanese government is still struggling to compensate for the environmental and economic outcomes of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Recently released report in the Nikkei Asian Review revealed that the total cost estimate of the compensation is now swelling up to 21.5 trillion yen ($188 billion). This includes decommissioning expenses of 8 trillion yen, along with an additional 4 trillion yen for decontaminating the affected areas.

The report also states that the Japanese government has decided to sell its Tepco shares to compensate for the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster economic outcomes. Additionally, Japan industry ministry will seek contribution from various companies that enter the electrical energy retail market, along with contributions made from independent suppliers.

The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings is also busy implementing reform measures and seeking merger partners to improve its profitability after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear disaster in March 2011. Only time will reveal what other socio-economic and environmental outcomes will come out of this nuclear disaster.

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