The Fukushima nuclear disaster’s effects still have not perished. Not only it already made the Pacific Ocean toxic, it also regularly leaks 300 tons of radioactive water.
Although the Chernobyl disaster was well known, people missed to recognize the hazardous effects of Fukushima’s meltdown at the TEPCO in 2011. Due to the earthquake in 2010, three nuclear reactors caused the largest radiation release into the water. Over the course of 5 years, radioactive chemicals worse than Chernobyl’s have leaked to the Pacific Ocean. The estimates of the harm might have been underestimated by the Japanese officials, several years ago. In fact, the amount of radiation released to the Pacific Ocean is more than when the U.S. tested nuclear weapons in Pacific Ocean islands.
Every day, Fukushima still leaks 300 tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. Yet, the source of this leak cannot be accessed by humans or robots because the source of the leak is extremely hot.
Concerns started to raise when TEPCO’s partnership with General Electric came to the table. General Electric (GE) alone is one of the largest companies in the world, and it controls many economical and political forums. The lack of focus on the Fukushima disaster is thought to be explained by the relation with the GE. At the end, 1400 Japanese citizens sued General Electric for the Fukushima disaster.
The Fukushima disaster and its effects also reaches to North America. Canadian Scientists observed a 300% increase in the radiation on the West Ocean Coast. This amount increases each year, affecting the marine life detrimentally. In Oregon, USA, starfish started to lose legs and die after the Fukushima radiation reached the U.S. West Coast in 2013. In 2014, radiation in California’s water increase by 500%. The government officials said that the radiation had an ‘unknown source’ and that there is no need to worry.
Now that bigger effects from Fukushima reached to the other side of the world, scientists started to stand against the ignorance.