2011 Sendai disaster/Fukushima

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One of the more disastrous effects of the 2011 Sendai disaster was the extensive damage to the Fukushima I and II nuclear power plants operated by the Tokyo Electric Power Company. (These events are also referred to as the Fukushima disaster, the Fukushima accident, etc.)

The Fukushima II (or "Daini") plant was shut down successfully (though with some concerns about radiation leakage), but the backup systems at Fukushima I (or "Da-ichi") were overwhelmed, causing several explosions and considerable radiation leakage.

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