Hoping to mimic HBO’s acclaimed success with the miniseries Chernobyl, Netflix has just released a new series about another nuclear disaster, this one occurring in Japan. The Days follows the lead-up and the fallout of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear incident.
In this compelling dramatization, viewers will get an inside look at what happened during this devastating event. If you were a fan of the recent Netflix documentary series Meltdown: Three Mile Island, you’ll want to check out this series. Unlike Meltdown: Three Mile Island, this is a scripted show and not a documentary, but it should still be plenty informative.
Is The Days on Netflix based on a true story?
Yes, The Days is based on the true story of the Fukushima disaster that took place on March 11, 2011. Fukushima is considered the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Several people were injured in the incident. Due to the spreading radiation, over 160,000 people were evacuated. Like Chernobyl, Fukushima was ranked level seven on the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES), indicating a major accident.
The nuclear accident was bad enough, but the inciting incident, the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami are what served as the catalyst and set off a chain of devastation that resulted in more than 19,750 deaths, over 6,000 injured, and countless others went missing. It devastated the entire region. The tsunami disabled the power supply at the plant, causing Fukushima’s three core reactors to melt down.
Clean-up from the Fukushima disaster is ongoing
Clean-up is ongoing, and according to a report from AP News released in 2022, the government doesn’t see it being completed until at least another 29 years.
At the time of the article, nearly 900 tons of melted nuclear fuel remained inside the damaged reactors. Workers were set to slowly begin moving the treated radioactive water in the spring of this year, but AP reported that Japan had “no final storage plans even for the highly radioactive waste that comes out of normal reactors.”
The Days is now streaming on Netflix.