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. 


Fukushima Daiichi Accident

This information paper describes in detail the causes of the nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi in March 2011 and the actions taken since.


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.


Industry response to Fukushima

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

Towards a new safety promise - reflections on the IAEA Fukushima report

Over four years on from Fukushima, Agneta Rising, director general of the World Nuclear Association considers the lessons from the accident. 

There is a need to acknowledge some simple truths if we wish to genuinely improve nuclear safety and ensure public well-being more effectively in the future.

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.