Fukushima – Five Years After

30' (GER)

Even five years after the catastrophe, the effects of the tsunami still determine people's life in Fukushima.

Before the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in March 2011, 7368 people lived in the town of Naraha. Located less than 20 kilometres away from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, Naraha was one of the first communities to be completely evacuated after the uncontrolled nuclear meltdowns occurred in three reactor buildings. After intensive efforts to decontaminate the area and enormous investments in rebuilding the town’s infrastructure, the former citizens are now being asked to move back into their old homes.

What is it that awaits them at their ‘new’ old residence? Has the nuclear power plant been completely contained or can another catastrophe be expected? We meet people of the area and find out how they deal with this special situation. Even today, nobody knows where exactly underneath the reactor bottoms the clumps, consisting of melted highly radioactive fuel rods, are located. Every day, they still contaminate about 300 tons of fresh drinking water. Nevertheless, five years after the catastrophe the people living in the area seem to have become indifferent to the wrecked power plant, accepting it as the norm in their day-to-day lives.
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  • Original Title
    Fukushima – Leben mit der Katastrophe
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  • Length
    30' (GER)
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  • Film by
    Dr. Patrick Hoerl
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