Post Carbon Warren Karlenzig's recent UN tour of Japan's tsunami hit areas was reported in this piece in the Marin Independent Journal.
From the article:
Warren Karlenzig, a San Anselmo-based urban sustainability consultant, has just returned from a United Nations tour of areas hardest hit by the powerful earthquake and towering tsunami that struck Japan a year ago on March 11.
The 9.0-earthquake and subsequent tsunami knocked out power at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, and three reactors there partially melted down before firefighters were able to use sea water to cool them. Karlenzig said the accident at the plant released about one-seventh of the radiation that the Chernobyl disaster released in 1986.
"That is, as far as we know," Karlenzig said. "There are new details emerging all of the time. It's devastating. They can't grow their crops. They can't
even get rid of the debris they have right now because of government restrictions on accepting their waste. Many people have had to evacuate their towns and can't return."