South Korea is cancelling flights to Fukushima after information about the extensive leaks at the plant were admitted. China’s government said they were surprised that leaks were still happening at the disaster site. Their foreign minister made this comment to the press: “(China)hopes that the Japanese side can earnestly take effective steps to put an end to the negative impact of the after-effects of the Fukushima nuclear accident,”
The South Korean foreign ministry also blasted Japan’s handling of the disaster. “They also need to make the information available to the public, all over the world, given this is the first case in history where contaminated water from a nuclear plant is flowing into the ocean at this magnitude,”
This truly is an international crisis as the leaks at the plant impact people in many other countries.
US magazine, The Nation called it an invisible crisis and blamed the lack interest by the US media on the lack of disturbing imagery. “Cordoned off inside the forbidden zone, the leaking plant has come to be a source of embarrassment and anxiety that is too easily ignored. Unlike other environmental catastrophes like BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Fukushima crisis offers little to film, and thus nothing much to lead with on the evening news, aside from pictures of press conferences and the grim face of TEPCO president Naomi Hirose, bowing in yet another apology. The coverage, despite the alarming numbers, seems to suggest there’s nothing to see here. And so the story, when it gets reported, rarely gets the attention it deserves.”
TEPCO admits they still do not know the nature and location of how the groundwater flows through the plant. Without a real understanding of the water leaks, it is impossible to stop them.
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