Plans are in the works to make the site of one of history’s worst nuclear disasters a tourist attraction.
The idea is to build a community on the edge of the exclusion zone that extends 25 miles from the reactor. This community comes equipped with restaurants, souvenir shops and hotels that have been built to protect guests from elevated levels of radiation.
The highlight of the visit will be a trip into the unstable reactors’ perimeter fence.
All to serve as a reminder of how the nuclear plant was crippled during a earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
I thought vacations were to escape the horrors that life brought us? Not for the purpose of entering them.
Why would anyone be attracted to a nuclear disaster site that has been killing those who have tried to contain its toxicity?
The Telegraph reports that the group of authors, scholars, academics and architects behind the project came up with the idea through the growth of “dark tourism”, such as Ground Zero in New York City and the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.
In November, TEPCO will take on the operation of removing over 13,000 fuel rods from the Fukushima nuclear reactor. According to fallout researcher, Christina Consolo, any sort of miscalculation in the removal of the fuel rod could result in an apocalyptic outcome.
This must all occur as the reactor is reportedly suffering infrastructure damage and is drowning in water.
Does this sound like the place you want to vacation with your children?
Well, there is only one place you can see those mutated butterflies…
Just to highlight the destructive outcome of the disaster at Fukushima: A study done by the International Journal of Health Services claims that 14,000 deaths have been linked to radioactive fallout across the Pacific in the United States.
Paul Lawrance writes for Eyes Open Report, where this first appeared.
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