The businesses of Fukushima that never recovered [pt5]

These abandoned cars sit on a car dealer forecourt in Fukushima prefecture, Japan. The town was evacuated in 2011 in response to the accident at the nearby nuclear power plant. Curiously, many of the cars in this lot are America….

The businesses of Fukushima that never recovered [pt4]

Futaba is a town in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 April 2020, the town had an actual population of zero, although since 2017, the official registered population was 6,093 in 2,301 households. The total area of the town is…

The businesses of Fukushima that never recovered [pt3]

Namie was severely affected by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, and the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. Besides sustaining considerable damage from the earthquake, and the tsunami (which devastated the coastal area), the entire population of…

The businesses of Fukushima that never recovered [pt2]

Fukushima Anime Pachinko is an abandoned gaming venue. This pachinko hall was once a hive of activity. Now the lights are dim and the chairs sit unoccupied. This venue has stood silent since 2011, when it closed suddenly. It was…

The businesses of Fukushima that never recovered [pt1]

Tomioka, a little more than six miles south of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, was home to 15,830 people before the accident. They left in a hurry. Just as with Chernobyl’s evacuation, it was assumed that in a few days everyone…

Six reasons the disaster in Chernobyl was worse than Fukushima

The nuclear accidents in Chernobyl (April 26, 1986) and Fukushima (March 11, 2011) were very different, but they were the only ones in history to reach Level 7, the highest, on the scale that measures these disasters. These are six…