How was Fukushima cleaned up?

On 5 May 2011, workers were able to enter reactor buildings for the first time since the accident. The workers began to install air filtration systems to clean air of radioactive materials to allow additional workers to install water cooling systems.

Are they still cleaning up Fukushima?

However, at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, “We’re still just very near the starting line” for cleaning up after the meltdowns and explosions triggered by the natural disasters, Fukushima prefecture Governor Masao Uchibori said at a 17 February press briefing.

How much did Fukushima cost to clean up?

The government says Fukushima’s decommissioning cost is estimated at 8 trillion yen ($73 billion), though adding compensation, decontamination of surrounding areas and medium-term storage facilities would bring the total to an estimated 22 trillion yen ($200 billion).

Has Fukushima been rebuilt?

More than a million homes were damaged or destroyed, and damage estimates tipped into the hundreds of billions of dollars. Today, some affected areas in the Tohoku region of Japan have been rebuilt and show no signs of the devastation of a decade ago. But the rebuilding effort is far from over.

Is Japan nuclear plant still leaking?

The accumulating water has been stored in tanks at the Fukushima Daiichi plant since 2011, when a massive earthquake and tsunami damaged its reactors and their cooling water became contaminated and began leaking. TEPCO says its water storage capacity of 1.37 million tons will be full around the fall of 2022.

How much of Japan has been contaminated by radioactive cesium?

In November 2011, the Japanese Science Ministry reported that long-lived radioactive cesium had contaminated 11,580 square miles (30,000 sq km) of the land surface of Japan.

What happened to the nuclear power plant after the tsunami?

Failure of emergency power following the tsunami resulted in loss of coolant from each reactor, hydrogen explosions damaging the reactor buildings, and water draining from open-air spent fuel pools. Plant workers were put in the position of trying to cope simultaneously with core meltdowns at three reactors and exposed fuel pools at three units.

How many people died in the 2011 Japan tsunami and earthquake?

Disaster-related deaths are in addition to the about 19,500 that were killed by the earthquake or tsunami. The Great East Japan Earthquake of magnitude 9.0 at 2.46 pm on Friday 11 March 2011 did considerable damage in the region, and the large tsunami it created caused very much more.

What is the height of the Daiichi nuclear power plant?

(All nuclear plants in Japan are built on rock – ground acceleration was around 2000 Gal a few kilometres north, on sediments). The original design basis tsunami height was 3.1 m for Daiichi based on assessment of the 1960 Chile tsunami and so the plant had been built about 10 metres above sea level with the seawater pumps 4 m above sea level.