There’s a new TIME article on Fukushima entitled The World’s Most Dangerous Room, containing a pull “quote” that I think will offend many people in the prefecture and beyond. First, the story’s lead picture of this “most dangerous” room has a new-looking notebook PC seemingly fixed in position, which would suggest to me that it can’t be that radioactive otherwise the PC would soon get fried, and if I remember correctly, the reactor control room is heavily shielded, so it is actually relatively safe, I think.
The latest plan by TEPCO, Japan’s largest power provider, is to build a wall of frozen earth around the damaged reactors and other highly radioactive areas to prevent radiation from seeping out of the site.
I thought the point of the ice wall was to prevent ground water entering; I suppose the ground water currently picks up radiation and some inevitably leaks out, but that is a side-effect; the wall is primarily for keeping water out, not in.
Fukushima was not just an epic natural disaster
*sigh* It was not the Fukushima earthquake, it was all of the north-east coast that suffered from the quake and subsequent tsunami.
Half-way down the page there is a bizarre photo of a topless women standing in a washing machine while washing her hair.
Many suicides aren’t reported by families who worry about being stigmatized, say local doctors, obscuring the real death toll.
Err, what? How does that work?
Now, the most offensive part of the article in huge lettering:
Note the square brackets – the actual comment from a former resident of Futuba in the article is:
Still, Shiga has no wish to return to her farmhouse, one of the few in her community to have escaped the tsunami’s wrath. “That place is finished,” she says. “It’s only fit for ghosts.”
“That place” is either her house or her community, not the amorphous “Fukushima”.
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