Date: April 30, 2011
Presentation (.pdf): The Crisis at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant
Fkushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant March 16, 2011
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Crisis at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant
On March 11, 2012, the Tohoku-Pacific earthquake and the resulting tsunami on the northeastern shore of Honshu created conditions that would ultimately result in the destruction of two-thirds of the generating capacity and severe contamination of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant complex. The full extent of the radiological contamination is not yet known but areas up to 40 km from the site are now contaminated with serious social and food supply implications. Containing and cleaning up this accident will require a sustained effort over many years and at a substantial economic cost to Japan. This event has significant implications for nuclear electric power generation plans in Japan and is already having an impact worldwide on the nuclear power generation industry.
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