On 11 March 2011, Japan's most powerful earthquake on record triggered a tsunami, which then caused a meltdown at a nuclear power plant. It wiped entire towns off the map and forced Fukushima’s residents from their homes as radiation leaked from the plant.That's a very comprehensive summary of the past decade, so I don't have to embed any more videos. As for "the clean-up may take until 2051," that reminds me of what I wrote on last year's anniversary, "I'm sure I'll be writing about the recovery from the triple disaster, particularly the nuclear plant meltdown, for years to come, especially next year, the 10th anniversary." Thanks to the BBC, who also calls it a triple disaster, I don't have to write any more today.
The government estimates the disaster could cost nearly $200bn, and the clean-up may take until 2051. Today the prefecture of Fukushima is still dealing with the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.
What happened that day, and what was it like for the people who lived through it? The BBC’s Tui McLean explains how the triple disaster unfolded.
Thursday, March 11, 2021
BBC World Service on the tenth anniversary of Fukushima triple disaster
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Fukushima triple disaster, an earthquake followed by a tsunami and nuclear meltdown. The BBC World Service has the story in What happened at Fukushima 10 years ago?