On March 11, 2011 one of nature’s greatest disasters hit the country of Japan. A 9.0 earthquake struck the northeastern coast sending a series of tsunamis hurdling towards Japan. The destruction and death was appalling. The death toll had been estimated near 28,500 by one point, however after some missing people were found the estimated number was 19,300 by the end of 2011 (Pletcher, 2013). The amount devastation was greater than had been witnessed for some time.
The decisions after would need to be made quickly and precisely in order to foster an effort to relieve the suffering of many. Environmental needs and concerns were going to be prodigious after the tsunami washed away houses, destroyed sanitation means and carried death and disease into the mainland. It would be up to the people of Japan and relief sent by many countries to respond to this disaster as diligently as possible.
One main focus of all the infrastructures that had been compromised were on the Fukushima nuclear power plants operated by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). “The plants were slammed by a series of seven tsunamis, some as high as 15 meters (49ft) (Fecht). Power was lost to the nuclear plants and diesel generators kicked in to cool the reactor. Unfortunately, the generators were compromised when hit by aftermath tsunamis. A state of emergency was issued and the evacuation began.
TEPCO had a daunting task to keep the reactors under control. On March 12 a hydrogen explosion blew off the roof to Unit 1. “TEPCO began to inject seawater, which corrodes pumps and pipelines, as a substitute coolant into Unit 1; water levels fall in Unit 2” (Fecht). Cesium 137 and Iodine 131 which are radioactive are detected near the plant. It was obvious that TEPCO had their work cut out for them. It was how they proceeded and conducted themselves that would make lay out the case of if they did it holding a moral ground.
In the days following the tsunamis more disturbing news comes. Even after all the efforts made, high amounts radiation leaks from the nuclear plants. These alarming events and others would spell out more catastrophic events in the days, weeks and even years to come. Even with the events happening, it was neither nature nor engineering failure that would make some of the most cataclysmic mistakes but rather human ethical judgment.
The first questions that came out were could this have been prevented? Originally everyone thought that this was a terrible natural disaster that could not have been prevented. As it turns out, a TEPCO internal task force had determined safety measures could have been taken to help avoid the tragedy. "When looking back on the accident, the problem was that preparations were not made in advance," TEPCO's internal reform task force, led by company President Naomi Hirose, said in the statement. "Could necessary measures have been taken with previous tsunami evaluations? It was possible to take action" by adopting more extensive safety...