Fukushima

The Situation at Fukushima

A major earthquake on 11 March 2011 caused a 15-metre tsunami to strike the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Japan's Tohoku coast, disabling the power supply and heat sinks, thereby triggering a nuclear accident. 

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Fukushima and Chernobyl: Myth versus Reality

In 2012 the World Nuclear Association released a video where radiation experts from UNSCEAR, ICRP and the Chernobyl Tissue Bank discuss the effects of radiation from a nuclear accident.

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Industry response to Fukushima

In March 2012 industry leaders provided their perspectives on Fukushima and outlined what steps their companies were taking in response.

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Fukushima Accident

Following a major earthquake, a 15-metre tsunami disabled the power supply and cooling of three Fukushima Daiichi reactors, causing a nuclear accident on 11 March 2011. All three cores largely melted in the first three days. There have been no deaths or cases of radiation sickness from the nuclear accident, but over 100,000 people had to be evacuated from their homes to ensure this.

Nuclear Power Plants and Earthquakes

Nuclear power plants are designed to withstand earthquakes, and in the event of major earth movement, to shut down safely. In areas where the frequency and magnitude of earthquakes is significant, such as in Japan, particular attention is paid to seismic issues in the siting, design and construction of nuclear power plants.