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Fukushima nuclear power plant
In the online camera at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, you can see the place of the accident, where after the earthquake on March 11, 2011, the main power supply system was destroyed. The tsunami following the tragic event flooded the emergency power generators of the station online. It is known that nuclear fuel in 3 out of 6 reactors at Fukushima-1 in the webcam overheated, which led to the melting of the core. Thus, an explosion of hydrogen occurred in the power units, escaping from the high-pressure tanks.
In 2021, 10 years after the disaster at the nuclear power plant in the online live camera, there are practically no visible signs of the accident, despite the fact that a significant part of the settlements near the nuclear power plant in the online broadcast and to the north-west of the station are still quite polluted. Currently, there are small deactivated economic zones on the territory of these cities, designed to serve as a springboard for the future return of residents.
From 30 to 60% of the former residents returned to the settlements that are a little distant from “Fukushima” in the web camera.
Currently, the situation at the nuclear power plant in the live broadcast is ambiguous: the molten fuel is cooling, while the ruins are under the onslaught of new periodic tremors. Due to the high level of radiation, decontamination is proceeding much more slowly than planned. Also, on the territory of the nuclear power plant in the online camera there are more than 1000 reservoirs, which contain 1.3 million cubic meters of water. The nuclear power plant operator tried to drain water into the Pacific Ocean, but the Japanese government does not allow this to be done, since it contains radioactive tritium. The question is still open where to keep the molten fuel and how it can be disposed of.
The disaster that happened at Fukushima, which you see on webcam, did not affect politics in Japan, where the live stream comes from. The right-wing conservative coalition supporting nuclear power has been in charge for over eight years. Due to the necessary re-equipment of safety equipment, out of the originally planned 54, only one in six reactors had to be restarted. Despite the fact that the majority of the Japanese are against their further exploitation, this does not affect the election results.
In Fukushima itself, where the online broadcast is conducted from, the local population now fully rely on “green” electricity. It is assumed that its share here will grow from 40% today to 100% by 2041.
Fukushima, where the nuclear power plant is located in the webcam, is the central city of Japan and the administrative center of the Fukushima Prefecture. The name “Fukushima” is translated as “island of happiness” (fuku – “happiness”, shima – “island”).
Currently, the city of Fukushima, whose nuclear power plant is shown in the online camera, partially consists of most of the counties of Shinobu, Date and Adachi.
There are many hot springs on the outskirts of Fukushima, including Iizaka Onsen, Takayu Onsen, and Tsuchiya Onsen. In the city with this online camera also there is the Fukushima racetrack – the only racetrack in the Tohoku region.