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Project August 9, 2023

Japan: Radioactive Water Discharge Into the Sea



The location of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant is displayed on a map. Image by Minsha Ouyou, Japan, 2023.

On March 11, 2011, a once-in-a-thousand-year earthquake, known as the Tohoku earthquake, struck Japan, killing over 15,000 people and destroying the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Over 100,000 people were evacuated from the surrounding area due to the high radiation emitted from the plant.

Twelve years have passed, but now, another problem is arising. Nearly 1,000 tanks are filled with radioactive water at the site and need to be disposed of.

As a solution, Japan is moving forward with a plan to discharge the water into the sea after it is processed. But many people have raised concerns about the plan.

This project explores the consequences Japan will face if it discharges radioactive water into the sea.


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Environment and Climate Change

Environment and Climate Change