Japan’s Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Crisis One Year Later

Japan Earthquake Tsunami On March 11, 2011 Japan suffered a massive earthquake and tsunami followed by radiation dangers from damage to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The HSDL has blogged about Japan’s recovery efforts over the last year. On the anniversary of this event we look at where Japan is now and what lessons the United States has learned about its own emergency preparedness and the safety of nuclear power.

On March 17, 2011 the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) readiness for the “Next Big Disaster“. The focus of the hearing was if Japan is considered to be the “gold standard of earthquake preparedness” and was not prepared for such a large scale disaster, how would America react to a similar catastrophe?

The recovery for Japan has been steady. The Japanese government’s “Great East Japan Earthquake” website offers a comprehensive view of the countries reconstruction and recovery. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has also published a status report in the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi radiological disaster. The events in Japan also lead Congress and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to examine more closely the safety of nuclear power plants in the United States. One of the main concerns regarding the safety of nuclear power plants is the effects on the food supply and the environment. Concerns about the safety of the food supply and environment can also have an impact on the economies of both Japan and the United States.

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