The Voice of FUKUSHIMA: A Cry from the Heart – Ground Zero 03: Home but Home no More
Yotsukura Diaries 3/11 and Beyond
Coming home from a “holiday” they never wanted to take Yogan Baum and his wife have to confront a terror you can’t smell, can’t hear, can’t see. Life has its demands however and people near Fukushima Daiichi either leave or try to cope with their fear. Extraordinary efforts are made to somehow go back.
Eyewitness of Fukushima 3/11 disaster
“What brought you here?” That is a question Yogan Baum was asked hundreds of times over the years. “Well”, he used to say, “the train, mainly”. Which is not untrue. After a weeklong ride on the famed Moscow Peking Express of 1984 Yogan rolled through China some more, went up in the air for the second time in his life, reached Hong Kong and took to the air again. He saw Philippine palm trees out of an oval window and there he was in Japan. The immigration officer looked into his wallet, then at his naivity, in despair and stamped his passport: “Welcome to Japan!”
The Voice of FUKUSHIMA Trilogy
The Voice of FUKUSHIMA: A Cry from the Heart – Ground Zero 01: Earthquake
Yogan Baum, no longer a stranger in his adopted country, lived through the triple catastrophe that devastated northeastern Japan from March 11, 2011 right up to the present. The place is Yotsukura, Fukushima. A sleepy little village of recently laid-up fishermen 20 miles from the terminally ruined Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.
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Dreadful ... "The results show 159 out of 170 sites in Fukushima Prefecture, where contaminated soil resulting from the accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant is being temporarily stored, are within areas deemed vulnerable to landslides and flooding from heavy rain ... ... The ministry responded to the audit by defending that it “prioritized quickly securing storage sites at the time and did not have time to check the sites against a hazard map.”
Crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant generates about 140 tons of contaminated water each and every day! Though adding more storage capacity TEPCO is about to be running out of space by around spring of 2023 ...
A real catch-22. Where do we go from here? "In total, there is now 1.25 million tons being kept in more than 1,000 tanks. The government says there will be no room for any more in a matter of years."
A 14-meter high (!) tsusami crashed into Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 11, 2011. That’s almost the height of a 6-storey building. Fukushima Daiichi NPP was designed to withstand a M8.0 earthquake and waves up to 5.7 meters. The Tohoku megaquake hit with a M9.0 (having 10 times the amplitude, and releasing 32 times the energy of a M8.0 earthquake). https://youtu.be/HqKbC8U6bcs