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New Conference Plenary: Implications of Japan's Nuclear Disaster. Nuclear experts will discuss the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan and its impact on nuclear power programs around the globe (Monday March 28; 10:50am-12:30pm). Register now. Space is limited and time is running out. Registration closes on Tuesday, March 22.

After Fukushima: Early Implications for Nuclear Industry and Policy Makers

James Acton, Toby Dalton, Mark Hibbs, Eli Levite, George Perkovich | Carnegie Endowment


Amidst the drama of the worst seismic catastrophe in Japan's recorded history, the Japanese government and its nuclear industry have been struggling since last Friday to meet their greatest-ever challenge: preventing a power reactor core melt accident similar to that which occurred at Three Mile Island in the United States three decades ago.

The scope of this challenge to Japan is almost inconceivable. When a force 9.0 earthquake struck off the Pacific coast on Friday, March 11, two nuclear power stations, Fukushima-Daiichi and Fukushima-Daini, with a total of ten reactors, suffered a loss of external power. Shortly after the seven operating reactors at these stations shut down automatically in response to the shock, emergency cooling systems-needed to remove decay heat from the reactors' radioactive fuel-ceased operating. Without external power, the cooling systems were reliant on local backups that, according to Japanese experts, were damaged by the devastating tsunami that followed the earthquake. Full Article

For more insight, see Carnegie's continuing coverage of the Fukushima reactor crisis.  

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