Kim Yuna, the lead singer of the Korean band Jaurim, has publicly condemned the discharge of wasterwater from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
On the 24th, Kim Yuna posted an image on her social media account with the words “RIP Earth.” She also expressed her anger through the caption, “I have been consumed by rage for the past few days.”
She continued, reflecting on the grim reality, “The cinematic dystopia of Blade Runner is beginning to become reality. A landscape in the movie’s LA where the radioactive rain never ceases, and no light penetrates. I think of hell on a day like today.”
The singer also shared an image depicting the water cycle through X (formerly known as Twitter), and emphasized the broader implications of marine pollution, writing, “Middle school science, water cycle. The problem of marine pollution is not limited to whether we can eat fish and seaweed.” She further added, “The worst marine pollution situation is trivialized to the mere choice of side dishes by foregrounding fish.”
Meanwhile, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) began the discharge of stored contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant at 1:03 PM (local time) on the 24th. This comes approximately 12 and a half years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11th, 2011.
TEPCO plans to dilute and discharge approximately 460 tons of contaminated water into seawater daily for 17 days, initially releasing a total of 7,800 tons of contaminated water into the ocean. The total amount of contaminated water expected to be released by March of next year is 31,200 tons, which is about 2.3% of the currently stored contaminated water.
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