The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, foreground, shines in the darkness on Feb. 18. The city of Iwaki in Fukushima Prefecture, top left, and central Tokyo, stretching from east to west on the horizon, are also seen. (Yusaku Kanagawa)
Seen from an altitude of 13,000 meters at night, the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant shone brightly in a sea of darkness amid the loneliness of the evacuation zone.
The Asahi Shimbun flew its Asuka airplane over the municipalities of Fukushima Prefecture on Feb. 18. The plant was clearly visible because work to deal with the rising volume of contaminated water and to decommission reactors was actively ongoing, even at night.
In stark contrast, near-complete darkness enveloped areas designated as difficult-to-return zones for residents surrounding the plant.
The city of Iwaki in the prefecture and the bright glow of central Tokyo, once the main recipient of electricity generated from the plant, could also be glimpsed from the plane.
NOTE from Nelson
All these years, Tokyo’s electricity came in parts from Fukushima. Yet so many people and businesses have switched the ON button full blast ever since, not giving a single thought about what is happening to Fukushima. The contrast seen in terms of power generated electricity between Tokyo (top left of the picture) and anywhere west of Daiichi is revealing to say the least.
HEY TOKYO … Aren’t you suppose to save some energy after 311 ???
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March 4th 2014
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