IN DEPTH: The fallout from Fukushima

A toilet rests on top of some power lines on March 16, 2011 in Ofunato, Japan, after a 9.0 earthquake hit Japan on March 11 that caused a tsunami that destroyed anything in its path.

The terrible aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan

After the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that killed almost 20,000 and caused a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, it became clear that much of the landscape along Japan’s northeast coast had been changed forever.

The landscape had changed for renewables too, as the ensuing public outcry and safety fears forced the government to begin shutting down the country’s 50 undamaged reactors.

Almost immediately, the energy-hungry country was struggling to meet its electricity demand and was soon importing a record amount of expensive natural gas. With little domestic fossil-fuel reserves of its own, aside from dirty coal, it was clear that an overhaul of the country’s energy policy was needed — and it was needed fast.

Tokyo realised that the answer would be an increase in renewable energy Log in to read complete article.

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