11 Feb '12, 7pm

One year on and a bleak future for the people of Fukushima | Pollution | The Earth Times via @earthtimes

One year on and a bleak future for the people of Fukushima | Pollution | The Earth Times via @earthtimes

Fukushima Daiichi, Japan via Shutterstock Many comparisons have been drawn between the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of April 1986 and the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi reactors in March 2011. Both could be attributed to human error and in both cases large amounts of radioactive material escaped into the atmosphere. The Chernobyl accident occurred as a result of errors during a routine systems test, while the Fukushima accident occurred because the plant's designers had underestimated the catastrophic results if the region was hit by a tsunami. Where the two disasters differ is in the way that the aftermath was handled. Chernobyl is in the heart of the Ukraine and the totalitarian government of the then Soviet Union simply brought in buses and moved everyone out of the area that was likely to be contaminated. 359,400 people were evacuated including the entire population o...

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