When the earthquake hit Japan on March 11, 2011, pretty much all of the destruction was caused by the tsunami that followed. More than 20,000 lives were lost and thousands of homes destroyed. The next big thing to hit was of course the explosion of the Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima. Although much of the attention has died down in the foreign media, many people do not know that the nuclear plant continues to spew radioactive materials to this day (at this time of writing). It has been said that the scale of this disaster is the biggest ever, even worse than the accident at Chernobyl. Radiation “hot spots” have been detected in various parts of Tokyo and Japan. Various sources of food and water supply have been found to contain unacceptable levels of radiation and I suspect it will continue for some time to come. My hope is that it does not continue to get worse.
Please also check out my page on radiation. I attempt to collect information on the current radiation situation in Japan so for those of you who are living here can better protect yourselves.
I’ve witnessed the aftermath of destruction first hand when I visited Ishinomaki, one of the badly affected areas during a distribution run with Socks for Japan.
The photos pretty much speak for themselves…after going through some of them I guess you get the idea. Cars on roofs of houses were a pretty common sight. If you would like to know more about Socks for Japan and see some more pictures of their distribution you can find them HERE.
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