Arirang special: Fukushima and its aftermath (후쿠시마, 그 이후) — Arirang

This is an excellent video that explains concerns of radiation exposure in Japan and the safety standards for radiation in foods sold in Korea.

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One thought on “Arirang special: Fukushima and its aftermath (후쿠시마, 그 이후) — Arirang

  1. I hate to be a nitpicker but in the introduction, the announcer says the Fukushima nuclear plant “exploded from the shock” of the earthquake. That’s not true. The explosions that destroyed the buildings occurred days after the earthquake, as a result of hydrogen buildup inside. This, in turn, occurred only because of bad design and sloppy construction which allowed the cores to overheat when the cooling systems failed. The earthquake itself caused minimal damage to the plant.

    If the seawall had been high enough to keep the water out, and/or the backup power generators for the cooling pumps had been located on the roof instead of at ground level where they were vulnerable to flooding, this story could have been a success story for TEPCO and the nuclear industry. But of course it isn’t. Attributing the disaster to the “shock” of the earthquake, or the ensuing tsunami, unfairly shifts blame away from the TEPCO executives who were repeatedly warned about these entirely foreseeable, natural events but failed to take even the most basic precautions.

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