• Explain the characteristics and spatial distribution of any one recent human induced (technological) hazard (explosion or escape of hazardous material)
  • Distinguish between the chosen hazards in terms of spatial extent, predictability, frequency, magnitude, duration, speed of onset and effects
  • Explain the causes and impact of any one recent human induced hazard event or disaster
  • HL Extension: Describe one major pollution event affecting more than one country and examine the consequences of and response to this event.

Questions:

  • Was the Fukushima Nuclear accident a hazard event or a disaster?
  • Was it human induced? Justify your answer
  • Describe the geographic location of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear POwer Plant

What happened:

Take detailed notes of the causes of the event

Was it man-made? Start at 1:50

Take detailed notes on the human causes of the event. You will need to make that case in your essay introduction. 

Further reading on the report:

RT.com: Man-Made Disaster could have been avoided

BBC.com Japan Nuclear Disaster Man Made

New Scientist Fukushima nuclear disaster down to human factors

Exercise 1: List and explain the causes of the Fukushima Daiichi Disaster in terms of:

  • Geographic location
  • Tsumami and earthquake event
  • Political failings
  • Tepco’s lack of an emergency plan

Part 2: Impacts

You will read William T. Vollman’s Invisible and Insidious Living at the edge of Fukushima’s nuclear disaster over the holiday break.

In groups, create a short presentation and factsheet,  explaining  and giving precise examples of the impacts of the Fukushima Daiichi Disaster in terms of.  Include the basic details on your slide, and you will be asked questions from the class to fill the gaps.

  1. Social and demographic change (people living close to the plant, health issues, IDPs, etc
    1. The Ecologist
    2. The Other Sociologist
    3. Activist Post
  2. Political change (Review the report on man made disaster and empowerment of anti-nuclear movement)
    1. Cleanenergy.org
    2. Washington Post
    3. Globalresearch.ca
    4. Spiegel Online
    5. Issues.org
    6. The Guardian
    7. See readings on teh report above
  3. Economic loss (Local and national level)
    1. Physicians for Social Responsibility
    2. Forbes.com
    3. The Japan Times
    4. The Balance
    5. Japan Center for Economic Research
  4. (bigger group) Environmental degradation (local, national and international of land, air and water)
    1. include the spatial extent, predictability, frequency, magnitude, duration, speed of onset)
    2. Explain how it has affected more than one country
      1. Physicians for Social Responsibility
      2. Greenpeace
      3. Elsevier
      4. Dr Alex Rosen
      5. Global Research
      6. Oceanus Magazine
      7. PBS
      8. Daily KOS
      9. Deep Sea News