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    Piloto de Troféu Iuri's Avatar
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    Por Defeito Fukushima - a cidade fantasma


    In March 2011 the world watched in horror as a powerful earthquake rocked Japan, before a deadly tsunami swept ashore, washing away any boats, cars, homes and people unfortunate enough to be in its path.

    But while the initial reports of 19,000 dead shocked viewers around the globe, that news would soon be superseded by the terrors to come from the then-unknown town of Fukushima as its nuclear power plant was overcome by floodwater before going into meltdown.
    Now, nearly three years on from the natural disaster, a very unnatural catastrophe is still unfolding in the central prefecture while the villagers who used to live around the plant are still suffering.
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    Fallout: There is still a 12-mile exclusion zone in place around Fukushima which contains hundreds of bags of radioactive soil which cannot be removed due to opposition from those outside


    No way back: Some 22,000 former residents of Namie (pictured) are being allowed back to their homes, but can only go once a month and cannot stay overnight


    Cleanup: In December Tepco, the company which owns the Fukushima plant, announced it had reached a state of 'cold shutdown' allowing a cleanup operation to begin

    In total 80,000 people were evacuated because of the disaster as a 12-mile 'no go zone' was put in place around the stricken facility. Tepco, the owner of the plant and Japan's largest power company, insist that the situation is under control and announced in December that the plant is now in a state of 'cold shutdown' allowing a cleanup operation to start.
    As a result of that operation exclusion zone lines may be redrawn, allowing some former residents of the towns around Fukushima to go home. In the town of Namie more than 20,000 former residents are allowed to visit their homes once a month with special permissions but are not allowed to stay overnight.


    In the town of Futaba residents were once so proud of their nuclear plant that they erected a sign across the promenade saying the technology made them prosperous. Now their town lies in ruins.

    These temporary housing structures were erected for workers at J-Village, a soccer training complex now serving as an operation base for those battling Japan's nuclear disaster


    Long process: The clean-up involves moving 400-tonnes of uranium and is expected to take a year. Only after this is completed can areas such as this hospital - pictured with wheelchairs outside - be repopulated


    Contaminated: After the cleanup exclusion zone lines will be redrawn allowing some people to move home, however others may need to wait five years to find out if they can go back


    Measuring radiation on the streets of Fukushima







    But they are the lucky ones. Some other residents may have to wait five years before they will know if their houses are safe, others may have to wait a decade, and a few many never be allowed to return.
    The Tepco cleanup operation involves moving 400 tonnes of uranium from a storage tank inside reactor number four of the plant to a safer location. It is expected to take a year, and is an extremely delicate process as the highly volatile fuel is prone to reigniting.

    While the work has proceeded without incident so far, past leaks of contaminated water, an initial attempt to downplay the disaster, and continuing secrecy about the site have lead many to be wary of Tepco's handling of the many problems to come from the catastrophe.

    Destroyed: It has been nearly three years since tsunami waves swept these defences aside and flooded the Fukushima Daiichi plant, causing a meltdown


    Unstoppable: The devastating wave was caused by a 9.0 earthquake, the most powerful ever to strike Japan, and killed nearly 19,000 people as it swept ashore


    Pride: Decades ago, the citizens of Japan's Futaba town took such pride in hosting part of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex that they built a sign over a promenade proclaiming that atomic power made their town prosperous

    For example, within the exclusion zone hundreds of bags filled with radioactive soil lie piled up next to road and fields because opposition from those outside the zone means there is nowhere to move them to.
    Across the other side of the Pacific Ocean, the US state of California is also concerned about the effect of the disaster as water contaminated with radiation is expected to start washing up soon. The exact amount is unknown, and Tepco say there is no way to accurately measure how much has leaked away.
    Even after the nuclear cleanup has finished, it will be just the beginning for anyone who decides to move back, as the devastation caused by the tsunami has still not been repaired after people fled.

    Abandoned: Tomioka town is another which falls inside the exclusion zone, put in place to try and contain the world's worst atomic crisis in 25 years


    Devastated: Once the nuclear clean-up has finished, it will be just the beginning for former residents of towns like Tomioka, who must then repair their homes





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    Por Defeito

    É impressão minha ou a foto das luvas estão a fazer um manguito?

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    Piloto de Troféu TommyPT's Avatar
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    Por Defeito

    Visitar estas cidades "fantasma" deve ser uma experiência aterradora. Faz-me lembrar o que se passou Chernobyl e de certeza que há muita "coisa" que se deve ter passado e "mutado" que não veio a público...
    Nos US também há um par de cidades fantasma, onde existiu a bolha da construção mas as casas nunca foram vendidas e ficou tudo ao abandono. Estas últimas gostava de visitar.

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    Piloto de Troféu Ilyushin's Avatar
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    Por Defeito

    Citação Originalmente Colocado por TommyPT Ver Post
    Visitar estas cidades "fantasma" deve ser uma experiência aterradora. Faz-me lembrar o que se passou Chernobyl e de certeza que há muita "coisa" que se deve ter passado e "mutado" que não veio a público...
    Nos US também há um par de cidades fantasma, onde existiu a bolha da construção mas as casas nunca foram vendidas e ficou tudo ao abandono. Estas últimas gostava de visitar.

    E depois há esta, por motivos diferentes:

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