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Fukushima Daiichi

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As I'm you've all been informed of over the last few months or so, there has been a horrible and huge tsunami that struck in Japan. The tsunami caused terrible destruction and took many lives along the way. Along the ocean line in Japan there is a nuclear power plant called Fukushima Daiichi. This power plant was destroyed during the tsunami, therefore releasing all the harsh and dangerous chemicals into the surrounding air. The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant always shrugged off the suggestions of many other people to have a back-up energy source. The energy source being referred to would be the power that is used to keep the water or other coolant material that flows throughout the plant to keep the dangerous elements in a cooled state, because if they get too hot, they can be very destructive and harmful. Three of the six reactors were damaged when the seawater attacked and flooded the power lines that helped run the cooling systems in the power plant. The radiation that was released from the power plant will more than likely be harmful to someone or something in some way, even if it takes years to prove itself as harmful. The owner of the power plant could have prevented this if he had listened to the warnings about the instability of the power plant and its inability to withstand such disasters, but instead, he took the lives of many people in his hands and is now harming them all. Even in America we were worried that radiation from the destruction could eventually reach us and damage or kill living species in our country, even humans.

Obviously, due to the severity of the destruction, there are many lasting and dangerous effects of the nuclear power accident. A simpler and less "scary" effect of the accident with the power plant is that the Japanese are now beginning to worry about the effectiveness of their other power plants. They saved a lot of energy and money by utilizing the products of nuclear power plants, but now they are beginning to believe that the potential damage of the plants could do more harm than good. But on a more immediate and serious note: the radiation that has possibly been released from the plants are highly dangerous. Radiation poison is extremely dangerous and very life threatening. Due to the big spill and seepage of the radioactive fuel in the power plant, there is no sure way of measuring just how much damage can or will be done to the environment and people of not just Japan, but to the environment and people of possibly the world. Also, the government of Japan has also come to a conclusion that the surrounding area around the Fukushima Daiichi power plant is to be uninhabited for decades to come, in hopes of saving many lives from the deadly powers of radiation. Finally, another very dangerous consequence of this disaster would be the possible contamination of food that has begun to worry the Japanese people over the last few months. If toxic and dangerous material



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