Daily Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake

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Daily Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake

Photographer: Everett Kennedy Brown


In the prime fruit producing region west of Fukushima city, Geiger counter readings in the local orchards famed for their high quality fruit have dropped from 28,000 becquerel per meter to less than 3,700 after spraying the trees with high pressure water guns. The local farmers, many of whom lost upwards of 90 percent of their income due to the nuclear contamination, have started cleaning their trees of radiation and removing the top soil of their fields.

In the village of Kawauchimura, approximately 300 of the 3000 residents have remained in the emergency evacuation preparation zone, a designated area located between 20 and 30 kilometers from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant. The village mayor is encouraging residents to return. Most of customers of a noodle shop, the only restaurant open in the vicinity, are government officials and workers who come in to clean up the damage.

In Koriyama city, food cooperative organizer Takashi Sato created a group of concerned mothers who have decided to stay in Fukushima to meet regularly and study dietary methods to detoxify the body and strength their immune systems to combat the effects of localized radiation.

The residents of Namie Machi, a town seven kilometers from the Fukushima nuclear power plant, were evacuated soon after the nuclear accident. They now live in a four square meter room in temporary shelters in Motomiya town, Fukushima prefecture. They all wait for the government and TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) to provide accurate information on the disaster and to come up with appropriate compensation to start a new life.