12 Mar '12, 7am

Japan After Fukushima, One Year Later

This is part two in a series about the impacts of the Fukushima nuclear crisis. Start here for Part One . An ocean away, we can really only look at the dumbfounding images and try to imagine what a 8.9 earthquake, the tsunami that followed, and the disaster at Fukushima would do to an island nation with a population of 130 million and an economy the size of California’s. The nuclear crisis alone which took hair-raising, painstaking months to resolve, has left some still-deepening scars. Its impact has been massive, both on the economy and the social fabric of the nation. In Japan, Only two of the country’s 54 nuclear reactors are still operating. The rest may never come back online. Concerted energy conservation efforts have carried the nation through the massive drop in electricity production, and they may have to continue through summer. The ordeal will likely cost more ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/economics/japan-after-fukushima...

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