“The door of the laundrette was wide open; we could have washed our clothes if we had wanted. Piped music could still be heard playing over the intercom of a bank. But there were no clients to hear it”. Guillaume Bression and Marie Linton, French reporters from Minamisoma (source: France 24).
Video reports on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and its aftermath.
CNN’s Kyung Lah has rare access to the Fukushima nuclear plant, nearly a year after it was severely damaged by an earthquake and tsunami. CNN is the only U.S. network to have access to the plant.
Kyung Lah, CNN, Feb. 28, 2012.
Es ist ein verbotener Ort, der Zutritt untersagt: In einem ehemaligen Fußballzentrum rüsten sich jeden Morgen jene Arbeiter, die das Katastrophen-Kraftwerk Fukushima Daiichi unter Kontrolle bringen sollen – ein Besuch im Vorhof des japanischen Ground Zero.
Cordula Meyer, Der Spiegel, September 12, 2011 (in german). (Here the Spiegel report in english).
Inside Japan’s nuclear ghost zone. Nothing stirs in the empty heart of Tomioka, a community of 16,000 now reduced to the eerie status of a ghost town after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima.
David Shukman, BBC News, September 13, 2011.
Residents of a town in the shadow of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant visit the houses they had to abandon when nuclear disaster struck.
Justin McCurry and Michael Condon, The Guardian, September 8, 2011.
In this TEPCO footage from inside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Masao Yoshida General Manager of the plant apologizes.
TEPCO, August 17, 2011 (in Japanese with English subtitles).
TEPCO report on the spread of radioactivity from Fukushima Daiichi.
TEPCO/NHK, July 4, 2011 (in Japanese).
The exclusion zone around the Fukushima nuclear power station has an end-of-the-world feeling about it. The villages are now desolate ghost towns. France 24 reporters went into the heart of this post-apocalyptic danger zone.
Guillaume Bression, Marie Linton, France 24, April 22, 2011.
Futaba, eerie ghost town near the Fukushima complex.
Daisuke Wakabayashi, Wall Street Journal, April 18, 2011.
A little over a month since the devastating earthquake and tsunami, Pio d’Emilia tells the most dramatic moments of the tragedy through pictures and testimonies collected also near the nuclear power plant in Fukushima. Pio d’Emilia is one of the first journalists to enter the 20 km exclusion zone and reach the Fukushima I nuclear power plant.
Pio d’Emilia, Sky TG24, April 16, 2011 (in Italian).
This video of Futaba, shows an evacuated town following the nuclear power plant crisis. Futaba, 90% destroyed by the tsunami of 11 March 2011, is the town (7400 inhabitants) closest to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
Kyung Lah, CNN video, April 11, 2011.
This video was shot the April 3, 2011 by Tetsuo Jimbo in the evacuation area of 20 km around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The levels of radiation detected by the journalist are well beyond the legal limits. In the area wandering cattle herds and groups of dogs abandoned by owners forced to reach the shelters.
Tetsuo Jimbo, videonews.com, April 3, 2011 (in Japanese with subtitles in English).
The Italian journalist Pio d’Emilia enters the evacuated zone and reaches Fukushima 1 Nuclear Plant on April 2nd. The evacuation area of 20 km has been established by the Japanese government March 12, 2011 and later extended to 30 km.
Pio d’Emilia, Sky TG24, April 2, 2011 (in Italian).
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Header image: Screen shot from a video report by NHK on spread radioactive contamination.