Fukushima: don't forget

Fukushima nuclear disaster

The Fukushima nuclear disaster showed us once again that nuclear reactors are fundamentally dangerous. Not only do they cause significant damage to the environment, the health of populations and to national economies, the heavy financial cost of a meltdown is inevitably borne by the public, not by the companies that designed, built, and operated the plants. None of the world’s 436 nuclear reactors are immune to human errors, natural disasters, or any of the many other serious incidents that could cause a disaster. Millions of people who live near nuclear reactors are at risk.

The lives of hundreds of thousands of people continue to be affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, especially the 160,000 who fled their homes because of radioactive contamination, and continue to live in limbo without fair, just, and timely compensation. They have only a false hope of returning home, yet the Japanese government is eagerly pushing to restart reactors, against the will of its people, and without learning true lessons from Fukushima.

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Radiation Testing In Fukushima City

Image | 12 March, 2012 at 9:39

A Greenpeace radiation monitoring team member checks contamination levels in a park in Watari, a suburb of Fukushima City. Greenpeace has been conducting radiation monitoring around the Fukushima area for the past year, and has found serious...

Messages for Nuclear Victims on Mount Fuji

Image | 29 February, 2012 at 9:46

A multinational Greenpeace alpine team delivers messages of support and hope for the victims of the nuclear disaster to the summit of Mt Fuji. Collected from thousands of people in Japan and all over the world, the environmental organisation...

Contaminated streets in Kawamata

Image | 21 February, 2012 at 10:09

Radiation dose rate: 1.73 microsievert an hour / 22 times above normal. The normal rate before the Fukushima nuclear disaster was 0.08 microsieverts an hour. Empty roads run through the southeastern part of Kawamata, as most residents were...

Organic Farmers Mr & Mrs Ogawara

Image | 20 February, 2012 at 10:30

Tatsuko Ogawara and her husband Shin have been organic farmers for 26 years in Funehiki, tilling, planting and harvesting crops from the same soil their family has worked for six generations. On 15 March, four days after the earthquake and...

Greenpeace radiation monitoring team at work in Japan

Image | 27 March, 2011 at 15:32

Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, 27 March 2011 - Greenpeace radiation safety experts Jan Van de Putte and Jacob Namminga monitor contamination levels at Iitate village, 40km northwest of the crisis-stricken Fukushima/Daiichi nuclear plant,...

Earthquake and Tsunami damage-Dai Ichi Power Plant, Japan

Image | 16 March, 2011 at 12:28

Earthquake and Tsunami damage, Japan-March 16, 2011: This is a satellite image of Japan showing damage after an Earthquake and Tsunami at the Dai Ichi Power Plant, Japan. (credit: DigitalGlobe) www.digitalglobe.com

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