Monday, March 12, 2012

Effects of Japan’s Disaster Are Still Unfolding

As grieving families across the nation gathered Sunday to mark the one-year anniversary of Japan’s 3/11 disasters — an earthquake and tsunami that ravaged the northeastern coast, killed almost 20,000 people and caused a huge nuclear radiation leak — some communities are still coming to terms with the calamity’s scale, complexity and lasting effects, and painful new revelations have shed light on how some of the victims died.
Last week, the police in the Futaba-gun region of Fukushima, which includes the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and the town of Namie, confirmed that a handful of tsunami survivors trapped in the rubble probably starved to death as rescuers fled the scene for fear of radiation.
“If only there was no nuclear power station, lives could have been saved,” Mr. Yokoyama said. He thinks, and hopes, that his parents were quickly overpowered by the waves, and avoided the drawn-out deaths that some around them may have suffered....

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