I actually wanted to post this a week ago but due to lazy Easter holidays it comes a bit delayed. The topic however is still in everybody’s minds. Gregor Aisch has produced an interesting visualisation for the ZEIT magazine. It shows that in a densily populated country like Germany many people would be affected by a nuclear disaster like in Fukushima. Japan is densily populated too, however there the people seem to be more concentrated in large cities than in Germany. I heard about 80.000 people were living in the evacuation zone near Fukushima. In Germany an evacuation radius of 20km would affect 856.000 people for the plant in Neckarwestheim alone and 1.7 million around Philipsburg in case of a 30km radius. 5% of the country’s total population live within 20km of a nuclear power plant, 12% within 30km and 51% within 80km.
The south west of Germany is an earthquake risk area. However no strong quakes like in Japan have been recorded there. The strongest was 6.5 on Richter scale in Basel (CH) in 1356.
The latest catastrophic news from Japan leave the impression that the disaster in Fukushima is more and more developing into Chernobyl-Dimensions. The course of events however is different in Fukushima compared to Chernobyl. Since the impact of the 1986 nuclear meltdown seem to be more and more forgotten but come back to peoples minds these days I browsed the web for some maps that show the distribution of the radioactive fallout after Chernobyl.
The Times Complete History of the World (2007), p. 351.
I also found this interesting “children-friendly” interpretation of the disaster in Fukushima:
The Gulf Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico is far away for many people but what if you could move it to your neighbourhood to better understand its dimensions? Following example does just that.
An interesting more comprehensive WebGIS platform that integrates community data can be found here: