Japan will release contaminated water from the Fukushima plant into the sea. This was announced by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, despite the opposition of public opinion and ecological movements. The decision comes exactly 10 years after the March 2011 catastrophe.
The triple disaster at Fukushima was triggered by the magnitude 9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, which caused the nuclear fuel to overheat, followed by the melting of the core inside the reactors, accompanied by hydrogen explosions and radiation emissions.
Daily maintenance of the Fukushima Daiichi plant generates the equivalent of 140 tons of contaminated water, which continues to contain tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen. According to the manager of the plant, the tanks will reach their maximum permitted capacity by the summer of 2022.
The discharge of water will begin in two years and will last decades. In February last year, during a visit to the plant, the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, admitted that the release of water into the Pacific Ocean would be in line with international standards of the nuclear industry.
In Peru the last Inca bridge collapsed
In Peru, the Q'eswachaka bridge of Inca Empire collapsed due to the deterioration of the ropes. According to reports from the Decentralized Directorate of Culture of Cusco, the failure to renew them was caused by the containment measures of the pandemic.
The bridge was delared cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO in 2013. People of Cusco are the ones who have carried out, without ever interrupting the tradition, in June of each year the traditional task of weaving and replacing the old fibers with new ones, thus allowing the bridge to remain standing since the times of the Incas.
After an emergency meeting between all the authorities and the four communities that each year undertake the maintenance ceremony of the bridge, the mayor of the Quehue district, Mario Tacuma Taype, announced that the works for the recovery of the Q´eswachaka will begin in Mid-April.
The natural bridge, built entirely by hand with vegetable fibers, has been standing for about 600 years and is a living testimony of one of the greatest achievements of the Inca civilization, the Qhapaq Ñan or Inca Trail.