Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

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A tsunami disaster occurred in Fukushima Japan, Friday, March 11, 2011. Fukushima Daiinchi Nuclear Power Plant got the biggest impact from the disaster. Large amounts of contaminated water were released into the Pacific Ocean during and after the disaster. After the disaster ends, the contaminated water is still being produced today (2021).

These waters may be dangerous for the environment, so the corporation has a responsibility to handle them. Around 400 tonnes of contaminated water are produced every day. The corporation and government must protect the water and not release the contaminated water into the sea. Today, about 1.2 million tonnes of contaminated water are being stored in tanks. But those stores are expected to be full by 2022. The government said that it is impossible for making new tanks forever.

The proper way to handle the water is still being controversial. There are two choices after narrowing down a lot of options. There is a plan to release the water into the ocean, and likely this method will be an alarm to neighboring countries. The other choice is by letting the water be evaporated.

There is an opinion that compared to evaporating, releasing into the ocean is more secure. Refer to common practice around the world where nuclear power plants usually release water that contains tritium into the sea. (yg)