(First, I want to say that my thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Nepal.)


I saw a nice little photo exhibit recently called “Chernobyl in Fukushima”.  The photographer is a young woman who hails from Fukushima.

I have read “Visit Sunny Chernobyl” to learn a little about what’s gone on over there since the accident happened.

So anyway, these photos are from the town near the power plant that was evacuated and left to ruin.  The “Ground Zero” so to speak.






I got permission from the photographer herself to take these photos.


What are my thoughts?

I was a teen when the meltdown at Chernobyl occurred.  It was a horrible, frightening event but so far away that it might as well have occurred on the moon.

And then when the Fukushima meltdown occurred…well, that was so close that “frightening” had a new meaning.  Suddenly it was happening to me.

But the the people who were MOST affected were those on the coast immediately next to the power plant.  The ones closest to the meltdown and the ones who were forced to evacuate.  They left their homes, their treasures, their pets, their livelihoods, their communities, everything they knew behind.  That compounded with a fear of radiation poisoning.

So, compared to them, I’m pretty lucky.  We evacuated, but our situation wasn’t as dire as that of those on the coast.

The following map shows the location of the power plant and its environs.

This is a pretty good map (source: http://50kview.blogspot.jp/2014/07/july-12-2014-68-earthquake-strikes-off.html) in English.   It’s those little towns that have faced the most hardships.

This map (original source:  http://www.nhk.or.jp/japan311/311-nuclear.html)   shows clearly towns which have been evacuated, at least to some extent.  And you can see the outline of all of Fukushima.  (Fukushima City lies beyond Date City, but Fukushima City is not shown on the map.)

Well, this has turned into Fukushima Crisis 101, hasn’t it?


Hopefully we will learn from our misteaks rather than repeat them.

Hopefully we will learn from our misstakes rather than repeat them.

Hopefully we will learn from our

No, not a third time.