I remember when I first heard about this I thought it was fake news or a joke. It’s so horrible it sounds like a fictional movie, but unfortunately, this event really happened.
What’s worse is that this is the kind of tragic accident that will have long-term effects.
What am I referring to? The Fukushima Nuclear Leak that occurred in Japan.
Some 800,000 tons of highly-radioactive water now sit in hastily-built tanks at the site, enough to fill 315 Olympic-sized swimming pools, with around 400 tons added to the tanks every day.
The government has also spent more than $1.5 billion collecting radioactive soil and earth from the surrounding area, which now sits in thousands of industrial-sized black bags looking like the world’s deadliest grain harvest.
How the water and earth will be disposed of isn’t clear. TEPCO estimates that cleanup operations could take up to 40 years.
“There’s still an enormous amount of radioactivity there which is not controlled, in liquid form, leaking into the underground, and slowly moving into the ocean,” said Greenpeace Japan campaigner Jan Vande Putte.