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Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant explosion

The explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, 11 March 2011.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was precipitated by the tsunami of the Tōhoku earthquake on 11 March 2011. The destruction and destabilization brought on by the tidal wave crippled the infrastruture necessary to maintain equipment within the power plant and properly cool the reactors. The next day the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant experienced three meltdowns and massive releases of radioactive material into the atmosphere.

Since the original meltdowns and subsequent explosions at the power plant, there has been perpetual failure at trying to contain the distaster. To this day, tons of radioactive waste are released daily into the ocean and surrounding atmosphere.

As of yet, no containment efforts have proved successful, and currently long-term solutions are being fielded or applied.

 

Follow the fallout of Fukushima below:

 

 

 

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