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One this day in 2011

11th March

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster occurred on this day in 2011.

An earthquake at  Tohoko triggered a Tsunami, which in turn damaged the nuclear plant at Fukishima. Although the nuclear accident was given the highest score of 7 on the disaster scale, it only released only one tenth of the radiation that escaped during the Chernobyl disaster.

Although there were huge concerns about the effects that the leaking radiation may have on the region, in 2013, two years after the incident, the World Health Organization indicated that the residents of the area were exposed to so little radiation that it probably won’t be detectable. They indicated that a Japanese baby’s cancer lifetime risk would increase by about 1%.

This is by far a better outlook than we all imagined at the time.
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