3.11.11. Revisited: Photos From The Vault

A school owner tries to prevent me from taking photos of a kindergarten that continues to operate in a highly contaminated radiation zone.

The link below goes to a detailed description of the photographic reportage I did during Japan’s 3.11.11. triple, Japan’s Triple Disaster. Of all the death, and destruction that I witnessed, the most unconscionable was where adults in authoritative positions continued to permit children to attend schools that were known to be highly contaminated, and allowed them to play on, and come in contact with contaminated soil. At one school in Koriyama, Higashi High School children were practicing sports on a field, while at the same time, the adjacent junior high was having top soil removed by workers in hazmat protective gear. The wind was blowing steadily, and the dust from that field was being lifted into the air, and blown onto the high school children as they practiced baseball, soccer, cheerleading, and archery. I asked a coach that was present, “Is it Ok for these children to be practicing with the radiated top soil being removed next door?” He responded, “I don’t know!” I would learn that teachers in Fukushima are forbidden to discuss the disaster, and the radiation contamination in their communities under the threat of being fired, and blackballed from working for the Ministry of Education.

While the mainstream media ignores events that continue to plague the region, it should be noted that it was recently reported that there are more than 1300 storage tanks located at the Namie Nuclear Facility, with an estimated 10% of them leaking, and at risk of a hydrogen explosions. This was reported to the Nuclear Regulation Authority, which raised concerns surrounding the potential hazards of accumulated hydrogen building up in the containers warning that “a spark caused by static electricity could cause a container to explode.” TEPCO officials reassured the public that they “think the possibility of an occurrence of hydrogen explosion from these storage facilities is extremely low, since there is no fire origin, or anything that generates static electricity nearby,” but this is the same company that a recent IAEA report blasted for “failing to implement adequate safeguards at Fukushima despite being aware of the tsunami risk.” Here’s an article in the The Asashi Shimbun that discusses the possibility of an imminent hydrogen explosion.

The following images are a constant reminder to anyone living in Tohoku, Fukushima, and Ibaraki that they’re living in a highly contaminated area, with cancer rates that have soared to more than 6000% above normal levels. Especially in children.

Daini Nuclear Power Plant. The first nuclear facility that reported failure immediately after being slammed by tsunami waves. The town exists inside the original 30km evacuation zone.

I asked the hazmat outfit clad soldier on the right if he was afraid of being exposed to toxic levels of radiation? He responded by saying, “I didn’t sign up for this.”

Military personnel awaiting orders to return to the no go zone.

The wall that is visible in the foreground on the left had a class of students in it. All windows, and doors were open.

These playground rings were located inside the no go zone. This brand new school was evacuated so rapidly that the desks still had open books, pen and paper on them, and the bicycle racks were completely full of children’s bikes.
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