The after effects of the tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster still manifest themselves five years after the catastrophic event.
Before the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in March 2011, 7368 people lived in the town of Naraha.
Situated in less than 20 kilometres distance from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, Naraha was one of the first communities to be evacuated completely. Since September 2015, the citizens of Naraha have been part of a truly unprecedented experiment. After intensive efforts to decontaminate the area and enormous investment in infrastructure, the former citizens are now supposed to move back into their old homes. In Naraha alone, the clearing work after the tsunami has cost the government about 30 million Euros. Six more villages and towns in the restricted area are supposed to be repopulated by 2017. For now, the reaction and response of the former citizens of Naraha shall be monitored to determine whether or not the project is a success. So far, only 10 percent of them actually want to move back to their home village. We will accompany some of these returnees and see how they manage to settle back in their new and yet familiar surroundings. We will also take a look at the people managing the employment of thousands of workers that are still required by the Fukushima aftermath. Working under extreme conditions, wearing protective suits and gas masks, has become their daily routine.
The after effects of the tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster still manifest themselves five years after the catastrophic event. Following the events of 11th March 2011, uncontrolled nuclear meltdowns occurred in three reactor buildings. 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 had actually started, 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.