Higher levels of radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster have been detected off the West Coast of the United States, while energy experts say America is “woefully” unprepared to deal with a similar crisis within its borders.
Five years ago today, in March 2011, a large earthquake and massive tsunami caused a meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. More than 30 million Japanese were exposed to the radioactive fallout, while more than 150,000 people evacuated their homes as a result.
March 11 marks the fifth anniversary of the tsunami that led to the Fukushima disaster – the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Five years on, the radiation is still not contained, and neither Japan’s energy industry, nor the country has recovered.
Official data says that no one was directly killed by the three meltdowns that followed the flooding of the Fukushima Daichii nuclear plant, compared to the 18,500 tragically killed by the tsunami. However, while Japanese towns along the coastline have long been rebuilt, the 40-year-old plant persists as a festering sore.
Some 70,000 people have yet to come back to the area, and may never do so, while the clean-up efforts have already cost Japan in excess of $21 billion, with the final bill predicted to top $105 billion.
Bangladesh’s central bank suffered total damage of over $80 million in a cyber heist last month, but was lucky to keep hold of $870 million more after a spelling mistake suspended a money transfer requested by hackers, according to bank officials.
High-speed travel may soon be revolutionized by a futuristic transport system that could take passengers on a 700 mph (1,126 kpm) journey between three European cities in just minutes. A deal on the system has been struck, and testing is scheduled for 2020.
The deal between Slovakia and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), which has slated testing for 2020, brings the Hyperloop one step closer to reality. HTT announced the deal on its website Thursday.
In short, the system would involve passenger pods being driven by electricity through a low-friction vacuum tunnel stretching between the three cities at speeds much higher than that of regular railways.