Japanese Nuclear Plant Destruction

By: Christine, Rifqi, James


The nuclear plant disaster in Japan was triggered by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11th, 2011. The underwater earthquake near the coast of Japan caused the tsunami and destroyed many parts of Japan. The tsunami destroyed nuclear power plants in Fukushima Daiichi. This caused a large amount of radioactive substances to flow out into the environment. The international nuclear event scale was up to level 7 which meant that it will leave an impact on the environment and people. Now, lets go on and see what impacts it made on Japan and the world.

Nuclear Power Plant Destruction

The Fukushima Daiichi, Fukushima Daini, Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant and Tokai nuclear power plant were the major nuclear power plants that were destructed by the tsunami. These nuclear power plants were given an International Nuclear Event Scale that showed how destructive the damage is.

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Fukushima Daiichi: Level 7

Fukushima Daini: Level 3

Onagawa: Level 4

Tokai: Level 4

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The nuclear power plants were melting down due to overheating which cause explosions. The explosions cause more radioactive wastes to go into the environment.
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Effects Globally

The Tohoku earthquake and tsunami led to a dramatic downfall in Japan’s economic. This also led to the slowing down of global growth. Japan manufactures 20% of the world's semiconductor products, wings, landing gears, and other parts of an airplane. The tsunami also destroyed many major ports and led to some airports to close. The radioactive substance that flowed into the ocean spread to different parts of the world which contaminated the ocean and made the sea food not edible.

Effects on the People

The citizens of Japan had to stay at least 80 kilometers away from the nuclear power plant. Japan had to pay billions of dollars for repairing all the damages that were created by the tsunami. All of Japan’s ports had to shut down for a while and fifteen ports were damaged by the tsunami.

Interview with David Im

Q: How did the tsunami affect the world?

A: After the incidence, the land and water both became radiated so that farming and fishing was unavailable. The radiation spread quickly in the ocean which affected the organisms in the ocean. The seafood from the ocean near Japan are contaminated with radiation which can cause cancer. The ocean can carry the radiation toward many different parts of the world which can cause toxic pollution all around the world. The radiation in the ocean can melt ships which can destroy ships

Q: What did the world do to help Japan after the natural disasters?

A: Other countries sent helicopters to rescue the Japanese people.robot

Q: What was your experience during the natural disaster?

A: In school, school stopped, couldn't call your parents because of bad signal, subway stopped, and bad traffic, went home and met his family, tried to get supplies lots and lots of people is try to do the same thing, went to Korea on the next day.

Q: What does other countries try to help?

A: People try to help by giving batteries for the electricity and Korea is trying to send expert to help with the power plant.

Q: How does this affect the surrounding country?

A: Korea is one of the most closest country to japan so they are trying to help Japan, but the Japanese people doesn't really care. In a different perspective

Story from a Survivor of the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami

When the massive earthquake struck northern Japan on March 11 and triggered a tsunami alarm in her Pacific Coast fishing port, civil servant Takako Suzuki knew exactly where to shelter.

At least, she thought she did. Suzuki, 40, followed instructions broadcast on loud speakers and headed up to the third floor of the civic center that her city of Rikuzentakata had designated as a tsunami evacuation point.

As she ran up the steps, a 14-meter (46 feet) tsunami smashed through the building, its swirling black water swallowing people around her.

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Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Video

Fukushima Nuclear Reactor Problem Explained (CNN)

Government Document From Britain

This is a government document from the British government trying to help Japan reconstruct their country and recover from the disaster.
Japan Earthquake Nuclear Power Plant Meltdown Global Disaster Risk

Conclusion (Notes)

The nuclear power plants overheated and exploded. The explosion caused large amount of radioactive substances to go into the environment. The disaster effected the world by slowing down the global growth. People within the range of 80 kilometers from the nuclear power plants are likely to get different sickness such as cancer.