Consequences still devastating

Consequences still devastating

Japan commemorates victims of Fukushima disaster © Jun Hirata

In the northeastern Japanese prefecture of Fukushima, an accident occurred on 11. March 2011 a severe nuclear disaster. Benefit concerts, vigils, film screenings and discussions will be held in North Rhine-Westphalia to mark the seventh anniversary.

The Fukushima disaster was a result of accidents and incidents at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant ("Fukushima I"). The disaster originated in Japan's worst ever recorded seaquake, the Tohoku quake named after the region. In its aftermath, a tsunami formed with several waves 10 to 15 meters high that overcame the protective walls of the power plant and flooded the nuclear reactor.

The tidal wave officially killed 18 on the east coast of Honshu.537 people; more than 2.600 of them were never found. Nearly half a million people have had to be housed in emergency shelters. 375.000 buildings were completely or partially destroyed.

Devastating consequential damage

Core meltdowns occurred in three of the six reactor units at Fukushima I. Large quantities of radioactive material were released and contaminated the air, soil, water and food of the surrounding area. Some 170.000 residents were evacuated from the affected areas in the following days.

According to research, mental disorders are about five times more common among those relocated than the Japanese national average. Among evacuated seniors, mortality tripled in first three months. Hundreds of thousands of farm animals left behind perished. The number of dead in the damaged power plant and due to the evacuation or its aftermath is put at about 600. In the long term, a total of up to 10.000 deaths are expected as a result of the nuclear catastrophe and its after-effects. Radiation-related illnesses account for only a small portion of this total.

According to estimates, the disposal work is likely to take 30 to 40 years. The follow-up costs of the disaster are estimated at 150 to 200 billion euros. After Fukushima, skepticism about nuclear energy increased worldwide.

Events commemorate victims of the disaster

Various events are being held throughout NRW to mark the seventh anniversary of this serious nuclear catastrophe. On Sunday, author Jurgen Oberbaumer will read from his book "Fukushima in the Shadows – Consequential Damage" at Cafe Rohren in Paderborn, Germany. The writer has lived with his family for more than 30 years just 33 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. He reports on the current state of affairs and the consequences that have already occurred in the nuclear disaster.

In Dusseldorf, a benefit concert is being held at the Eko House of Japanese Culture for reconstruction after the earthquake that triggered a tsunami and subsequently the nuclear disaster. At the same time, a memorial ceremony will be held for the victims. Afterwards, a lecture informs about the current situation in the disaster area.

Also on Sunday, the film "Furusato – Wunde Heimat" will be presented in Munster, Germany. The documentary is about the town of Minamisoma in the Fukushima district. Part of the community lies in the evacuated 20-kilometer exclusion zone around the damaged reactor; the remaining part is officially considered habitable – despite radiation levels that are far too high.

Protest action in Ahaus

Events in memory of the victims of the catastrophe will also take place on 18. March instead of. In Bochum, for example, there will be a benefit concert at 4 p.m. in the community center of the Emmaus Church for the children of Fukushima, who are to be enabled to participate in recovery programs. In Ahaus, opponents of nuclear power will hold a protest on 18. March at 2 p.m. a protest rally.

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