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Strewn but standing. A beautiful shot of a seemingly levitating pine tree uprooted in last year’s tsunami in Japan.
(photo credit: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images caption: Pine trees, uprooted during last year’s tsunami, lay strewn over the beach in Rikuzentakata, Japan. Areas that were hit hardest still struggle, with the approach of the anniversary of the disaster that left 15,848 dead and 3,305 missing.
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Bag’s Take-Away:Now that’s a Japan aftermath pic I entirely missed. Is this also Mother Nature’s heads-up to consumerist/”churn-and-burn” society?
Reuters slideshow retrospective.
(photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters. caption: A Sony playstation controller is seen at an area that was devastated by last week’s earthquake and tsunami, in Kesennuma, north Japan, March 19, 2011.)
Was waiting for it to happen: Fukushima Prefecture kids get their own portable dosimeters. (Any similarity to the iPod, I assume, is strictly coincidental.)
(photo: Kyodo News Service caption: Children in the town of Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture, on June 21, 2011, hold compact dosimeters donated by Kinki University in Osaka Prefecture. The dosimeters are scheduled to be distributed to some 1,500 children and teachers at schools and nurseries in the town from the following day in the wake of radiation leaks at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in the vicinity stemming from the March 11 quake and tsunami disaster. Part of the town has been designated an evacuation area by the central government.)
The sunny painting on the side of the wall is a bit ironic now, no? Word is, these kids will soon be outfitted with dosimeters. In the meantime, they’re getting to go out and play in the radiation for the first time since the earthquake/meltdown. Careful in the sandbox though, kids! The top level was already skimmed for the bad stuff but playground exposure is limited to 1/2 hour.
(A sort of easy choice just to show the children, btw. I was really curious to read some adult faces.)
(photo: Kyodo via AP Images caption: Kindergarteners wearing masks and caps to minimize their exposure to radiation run out of the kindergarten building in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on June 10, 2011, as they are allowed to play in the playground for the first time since the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and subsequent radiation leaks from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The surface soil of the playground has been removed to reduce the children’s exposure to radiation and they were allowed to play there for only half an hour. More backstoryre: Iwaki.
AP photo tells me more about the situation of Iitate’s ”radiation refugees” in Fukushima Prefecture — 20% still there after the plume came through — than I’d ever want to know. (Caption below.)
(photo: David Guttenfelder / AP caption: In this Wednesday May 25, 2011 photo, a goldfish swims in unfresh water in a fish tank on a elementary school classroom window ledge in the town of Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, after all of the children were evacuated from the town over fears of radiation. Residents of Iitate, nestled in mountains about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, originally were told it was safe for them to stay. Then they were advised to stay indoors. In late April they were told to leave, but unlike people who lived closer to the plant, they can’t be forced to go.)
An early theme after Japan’s quake/tsunami (with ugly comparative overtones to Haiti) was that the Japanese don’t loot. This recent newswire pic (caption below) suggests conclusion, at least, might have been premature.
(photo: AP caption: An evacuee looks at his liquor shop where a thief stole the stuff while his absence, as he and other evavuees, returned home for a brief visit in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan, Saturday, June 4, 2011. The tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant is located in the town.)
Most recent pic from TEPCO: I’m just hoping that green stuff is the sticky goo sprayed all over the place the past few weeks that keeps that “high dose” radiation radiation for goin’ airborne because you can’t tell otherwise. The caption:
High dose rubble in the west side of Unit 3 reactor building of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (pictured on June 4, 2011)
Bag’s Take-Away:The completely cryptic/screwed up way I find out Fukushima news. Accompanying gallery pic of nearby port, photo credit indicates continued radioactive dumping into ocean based on some “new setback.”
(photo: Reuters caption: Japan Coast Guard members wearing protective suits search for March 11 earthquake and tsunami victims from their vessel at Ukedo port in Namie town, Fukushima prefecture, near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, May 25, 2011. Radioactive water appears to be leaking from a waste disposal building at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear complex, operator Tokyo Electric Power said on Thursday, in a new setback to the battle to contain radiation from the crippled power plant. Picture taken May 25, 2011.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:Next debate: Should photos of Fukushima still be released (since its “bin Forgotten”)? …Oh the pic? Milking cows with a geiger counter.
(photo: Getty Images caption: Japanese dairy farmer Masakatsu Kosone (L) checks the radiation levels at his farm in the village of Katsurao in Fukushima prefecture, 25 kms west of the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant on May 3, 2011 after returning from a shelter in Fukushima City. The March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami left some 26,000 dead or missing and obliterated whole towns and villages on the northeast coast. Thousands of farm animals died of hunger in the weeks following the quake as authorities created an exclusion zone around the Fukushima nuclear plant.)
A poignant illustration, especially given international denial over historically catastrophic and still-boiling Fukushima nightmare.
(A body crisped?)
Helpless in the face of nature’s wrath, a group of Japanophiles crowdsourced a book of essays and artwork to give a voice to those affected by Japan’s massive earthquake
Read more at The Atlantic