6 years after the worst nuclear disaster in Japan, the former Fukushima residents are forced to choose between ‘two evils’ and they may go back home despite the high radiation and the radioactive wild boar herds that no longer fear people and have become residents.
What else Do We Know?
Japanese authorities have ordered evacuation on 4 tows inside the 12-mile exclusion zone, although the radiation is 20 times higher than the recommended levels. Hence, residents who fled back in March 2011 are now divided between two choices, to go back to their Fukushima homes or remain in their new homes, but without any housing subsidies and compensation payments.
This direct order will influence around 27,000 of the 80,000 displaced people after the accident. Just as a reminder, the meltdown was a result of a magnitude 9 earthquake on the Japanese coast and caused a tsunami which killed more than 18,000 casualties and destroyed one million buildings.
What Do Fukushima Residents Think?
A governmental survey from last year showed that half of the former residents said that they would not return due to fear of radiation. They also expressed their worries about the safety of the nuclear plant that will need 40 years to be dismantled. The company that was charged with cleaning up the site was unsuccessful in probing the site as a consequence of the high radiation levels.
What about the Toxic Boars?
As written by the New York Times, hundreds of toxic boars are now roaming the region and though boar is a delicacy in Japan, no one will certainly like to eat these boars. Some tests done by the government in Japan discovered radioactive material in these boars 300 times higher than the allowed amount!
When it comes to their approach to people, boars are known to be rather slow, however, officials who are monitoring the situation in Fukushima reveal that the boars in this surrounding have settled there and do not fear humans; this additionally increases the fear in the residents from being attacked if they return. Besides radioactive boars, there are also colonies of rats and the place is also ideal for all kinds of different wildlife.