In a Dateline special tonight on The Nuclear Dilemma, reporter Adrian Brown visits Fukushima two years on from the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. Here, he writes about the eerie experience of visiting the ghost towns inside the exclusion zone…
The Geiger counter on the dashboard of our van is going berserk. In the space of just a few minutes the reading has leapt from 0.23 microsieverts per hour to 19.2 – 0.23 was the pre-disaster Japanese government regulatory limit. It’s an unsettling moment.
We are travelling inside the exclusion zone around the crippled Dai-ichi nuclear plant in north east Japan. Almost two years ago, a radioactive cloud blew over this area and the radiation still lingers today.
It’s a landscape denuded of life. Fields where rice and strawberries once grew are now covered in towering weeds. Homes and shops shaken by the disaster lie abandoned. It’s a time capsule of the terrifying events of March 11th 2011.
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