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Nuclear Plant Walk Begins

A general view is seen of what is left of the city after a tsunami wiped away the gas station which caused a fire and burnt down the whole town, after an 9.0 magnitude strong earthquake struck on March 11, 2011
A general view is seen of what is left of the city after a tsunami wiped away the gas station which caused a fire and burnt down the whole town, after an 9.0 magnitude strong earthquake struck on March 11, 2011. (Toshiharu Kato/Japanese Red Cross/IFRC via Getty Images)

We’re coming up on the one year anniversary of one of the worst nuclear disasters in history.  The Fukushima Diachi Plant suffered a series of meltdowns spewing radiation into the atmosphere, following the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. 

Junko Kajino
Junko Kajino (Facebook)

This past weekend, a group of Buddhist monks and nuns began leading a 19 day walk to three power plants across three states.  They started from the Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant in Lacey Township, which has the same exact design as the failed reactor.

Documentary filmmaker Junko Kajino was with the group when they started Saturday.  She stopped by the WOBM Newsroom in Bayville and spoke with weekend anchor Chris Tamas.  She says the goal of the walk is to raise awareness.  She says “it’s vital to make sure this doesn’t happen again.  History continues to repeat itself and we have to do something.  There was Chernobyl and three mile island.  These were minor compared to this one.  There are millions who are now in the danger zones there and are too poor to leave.  Spreading the word is crucial.”

Kajino’s new documentary Uncanny Terrain is about organic farmers of northern Japan dealing with the threat that the nuclear fallout poses to their land and their livelihood.

The walkers are headed to the Indian Point Nuclear Plant in Buchanan, New York and will eventually conclude at the Vermont Yankee Plant in Vernon, Vermont on March 21st.

For more information, visit nomorefukushimaswalk.tumblr.com

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