A Photo Series on Fukushima Devistation, Taken Inside the Prohibited Area


Even though the shaking and waves ended many months ago, the threat of the Japan tsunami still looms large… but how much of that threat is in our heads and how much of it is real? In many ways the danger of Fukushima and the resulting radiation contamination is imperceptible, forcing a society struggling to exist in the wake of massive destruction to build personal boundaries based on their own judgment of risk. In this landscape there is no clear border and everything is a gray area.

Red Tea Ceremony Raises Awareness for Fukushima

On March 11, 2011 Japan endured a tsunami and earthquake that brought disaster to the Fukushima region of the country. In its rage, it also brought the hazard of the crippled Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Initially listed as a level 4 on the International Nuclear Event Scale, it became a level 7, the highest any nuclear disaster could attain. It joins Chernobyl as the second nuclear disaster to reach such high levels.

Nuclear Anxiety: Visualized in Real Time

With the situation in Japan just barely under control at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, anxiety around the world about nuclear power is at elevated levels and the public continues to express their concern. This world map visualization displays the location of nuclear power plants on the globe while automatically updating with the latest “nuclear” mentioning Tweets from a number of different languages. The graphic was created by Art is Open Source, a digitally minded network dedicated to spreading artistic, creative and critical practices.

How Close Are We To Nuclear Plants in the USA?

With the recent radioactive leakage from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant, many are wondering what a similar situation would look like in the US. The 65 operating nuclear plants in the country, with their 104 reactors, place tens of millions of people within close proximity of such plants. For an interactive map of the US and to see which power plants are closest to your area, see Zeit Online.