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7 summers later, weeds engulf Fukushima’s abandoned areas:The Asahi Shimbun
"Tetsuro Takehana, an Asahi Shimbun photographer who lived in Fukushima Prefecture for 10 years in his childhood, takes photos of the desolate areas designated as "difficult-to-return zones.” The film was taken in late July. (Video taken by Tetsuro Takehana and Shigetaka Kodama)

The startling effects of the passage of time come into sharp focus in aerial images taken of Fukushima’s "difficult-to-return zones” in the seventh summer since the March 2011 nuclear disaster.

The bird’s-eye view pictures were captured in abandoned areas near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Okuma and Futaba in Fukushima Prefecture.

The disaster unfolded after the magnitude-9.0 Great East Japan Earthquake spawned a tsunami that devastated coastal areas of the Tohoku region, including Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 plant.

The Okuma outlet of Plant-4, a large shopping mall located 3 kilometers away from the nuclear plant along National Route No. 6, had been bustling with visitors before the disaster.

Today, weeds grow from the cracks of the asphalt-surfaced mall parking lot, slowly creeping through the expanse of space.

One striking image shows the exterior of the TEPCO-owned condominium building, which housed its employees in Futaba, is becoming covered with rampant weeds that have reached the second floor.

Another photo shows cars that cannot be recovered are partially buried, appearing as if they are sinking into a sea of green.

(This article was written by Tetsuro Takehana and Shigetaka Kodama.)"
japan  fukushima  nature  2017  theworldwithoutus  classideas  tetsurotakehana  photography  video 
august 2017 by robertogreco
A World Without People - The Atlantic
"For a number of reasons, natural and human, people have evacuated or otherwise abandoned many places around the world—large and small, old and new. Gathering images of deserted areas into a single photo essay, one can get a sense of what the world might look like if humans were to suddenly vanish from the planet. Collected here are recent scenes from abandoned construction projects, industrial disaster zones, blighted urban neighborhoods, towns where residents left to escape violence or natural disasters, derelict Olympic venues, ghost towns, and more."
landscape  photography  apocalypse  worldwithoutus  multispecies  riodejaneiro  brasil  brazil  us  nola  neworleans  alabama  germany  belarus  italy  italia  abandonment  china  bankok  thailand  decay  shengshan  athens  greece  lackawanna  pennsylvania  tianjin  russia  cyprus  nicosia  indonesia  maine  syria  namibia  drc  fukushima  congo  philippines  havana  cuba  vallejo  paris  libya  wales  england 
may 2017 by robertogreco
Fukushima | The Faces of Fukushima
"Determined. That is the impression we got through countless interviews and stories heard during our visit to Fukushima in the cold winter of 2014. This is a collage of the people we met, and a synopsis of their stories..."
fukushima  japan  2014  storytelling 
march 2015 by robertogreco
Safecast OS X App Now Available | Safecast
"Mac OS X users are in for a treat with the release of our native desktop client. Available now in the app store. Hand built with with love by Safecaster Nick Dolezal, the official Safecast app brings our extensive dataset (over 21 million datapoints!) of radiation measurements to your Mac, and provides a powerful and fast way to visualize and update Safecast data.
In addition to the full Safecast dataset, you can browse data from a variety of sources including:

• The US Department of Energy / NNSA
• USGS and Canadian Geological Survey
• US EPA

This data includes extensive post-Fukushima surveys of Japan, aerial surveys of almost the entire North American continent and other global data. Specialized databases include distribution of Cesium isotopes in Japan, and naturally occurring uranium concentrations in the US.

Visualization tools allow you to change map backgrounds and coloring to enhance contrast between measurements allowing you to create customized views and see best how natural and man-made sources of radioactivity vary around you.

Other capabilities:

• Query Reticle Tool: Display the exact numeric value of measurements.
• Custom Layers: Mix and match individual layers to create custom comparisons.
• Realtime IDW Interpolation: Quickly visualize predicted values in areas that were not measured without spending hours (or days) running GIS interpolation scripts.
• High Performance: Super-fast SIMD vectorized multithreaded code renders data almost instantly.
• Offline Functionality: 100% of data available offline. (note: this does not extend to basemaps)
• On-Demand Updates: Download and update the Safecast dataset on-demand.
• PNG Tile Export: Export standard PNG tiles for a web map quickly and easily. In fact, the Safecast webmap is created and updated by this app, running as an automated job."

[iTunes page: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/safecast/id913718714 ]
mac  osx  application  safecast  maps  mapping  fukushima  japan  radiation 
september 2014 by robertogreco
CDC official: we've reached "the end of antibiotics"
"Yesterday, Mark Sample tweeted about disasters, low-points, and chronic trauma:
"Low point" is the term for when the worst part of a disaster has come to pass. Our disasters increasingly have no low point.

After the low point of a disaster is reached, things begin to get better. When there is no clear low point, society endures chronic trauma.

Disasters with no clear low point: global warming, mass extinction, colony collapse disorder, ocean acidification, Fukushima.

To which I would add: drug-resistant infectious diseases."
2013  marksample  kottke  disasters  lowpoints  trauma  chronictrauma  antibiotics  disease  climatechange  globalwarming  massextinction  colonycollapsedisorder  oceanacidification  fukushima 
october 2013 by robertogreco
The half-life of disaster: The world's media-driven nerves quickly move from shock to vague foreboding and 'disaster capitalism' surges on | Brian Massumi | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
"These quasi-monopolistic movements are tolerated, or even encouraged, in the name of securing the economy's future stability…significantly the case in energy sector, with policies friendly to centralised production & quasi-monopolistic ownership designed, for example, to revive nuclear power industry or to kick-start capital-intensive pseudo-green "alternatives" like biofuels & mythical "clean" coal – precisely kinds of choices that will render the global situation even more precarious in long run…As long as disaster capitalism reigns – which no doubt will be as long as capitalism itself reigns – world will be caught in vicious circle: that of responding by increasingly draconian & ill-advised means to threat environment whose dangers response only contributes to intensifying.

The only way out is to militate for an alternate interlinkage: between global anticapitalist political contestation & a renascent environmental movement with opposition to nuclear power at its heart."
brianmassumi  disasters  nuclear  energy  capitalism  disastercapitalism  power  money  influence  greed  2011  japan  tsunamis  fukushima  naturaldisasters  threatenvironment  environment  sustainability  change  terrorism  collectiveresponse  scale  heroes  systems  systemsthinking  via:javierarbona 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Why Fukushima made me stop worrying and love nuclear power | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian
"But the energy source to which most economies will revert if they shut down their nuclear plants is not wood, water, wind or sun, but fossil fuel. On every measure (climate change, mining impact, local pollution, industrial injury and death, even radioactive discharges) coal is 100 times worse than nuclear power. Thanks to the expansion of shale gas production, the impacts of natural gas are catching up fast.

Yes, I still loathe the liars who run the nuclear industry. Yes, I would prefer to see the entire sector shut down, if there were harmless alternatives. But there are no ideal solutions. Every energy technology carries a cost; so does the absence of energy technologies. Atomic energy has just been subjected to one of the harshest of possible tests, and the impact on people and the planet has been small. The crisis at Fukushima has converted me to the cause of nuclear power."
nuclear  energy  environment  politics  science  georgemonbiot  power  2011  fukushima  disaster  safety  sustainability 
march 2011 by robertogreco

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