Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster

Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster

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Overview

“A gripping, suspenseful page-turner” (Kirkus Reviews) with a “fast-paced, detailed narrative that moves like a thriller” (International Business Times), Fukushima teams two leading experts from the Union of Concerned Scientists, David Lochbaum and Edwin Lyman, with award-winning journalist Susan Q. Stranahan to give us the first definitive account of the 2011 disaster that led to the worst nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl.

Four years have passed since the day the world watched in horror as an earthquake large enough to shift the Earth’s axis by several inches sent a massive tsunami toward the Japanese coast and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, causing the reactors’ safety systems to fail and explosions to reduce concrete and steel buildings to rubble. Even as the consequences of the 2011 disaster continue to exact their terrible price on the people of Japan and on the world, Fukushima addresses the grim questions at the heart of the nuclear debate: could a similar catastrophe happen again, and—most important of all—how can such a crisis be averted?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620971185
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 02/10/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 451,965
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

David Lochbaum is the head of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Nuclear Safety Project and author of Nuclear Waste Disposal Crisis. He lives in Chattanooga. Edwin Lyman is a senior scientist in the Global Security Program of the Union of Concerned Scientists. He lives in Washington, D.C. Susan Q. Stranahan is the author of Susquehanna: River of Dreams. She lives in Maine. The Union of Concerned Scientists is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. It is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
David Lochbaum is the head of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Nuclear Safety Project and author of Nuclear Waste Disposal Crisis. He lives in Chattanooga. Edwin Lyman is a senior scientist in the Global Security Program of the Union of Concerned Scientists. He lives in Washington, D.C. Susan Q. Stranahan is the author of Susquehanna: River of Dreams. She lives in Maine. The Union of Concerned Scientists is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. It is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 March 11, 2011: "A Situation That We Had Never Imagined" 1

2 March 12, 2011: "This May Get Really Ugly…" 34

3 March 12 Through 14, 2011: "What the Hell Is Going On?" 55

4 March 15 Through 18, 2011: "It's Going to Get Worse…" 79

5 Interlude-Searching for Answers: "People… Are Reaching the Limit of Anxiety and Anger" 103

6 March 19 Through 20, 2011: "Give Me the Worst Case" 121

7 Another March, Another Nation, Another Meltdown 141

8 March 21 Through December 2011: "The Safety Measures…Are Inadequate" 155

9 Unreasonable Assurances 182

10 "This Is a Closed Meeting. Right?" 204

11 2012: "The Government Owes the Public a Clear and Convincing Answer" 222

12 A Rapidly Closing Window of Opportunity 244

Appendix: The Fukushima Postmortem: What Happened? 263

Glossary 269

Key Individuals 277

U.S. Boiling Water Reactors with "Mark I" and "Mark II" Containments 279

Notes and References 281

Index 293

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