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    Chernobyl-Style Meltdown 'Not Possible' in Japan

    Given that the Japanese have one of the most advanced nuclear power programs in the world, there is bound to be a serious reevaluation of whether nuclear power programs around the world are capable of dealing with massive geological events like the earthquake that hit Japan.

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    Japan's Nuclear Situation Takes 'Grim Turn'

    While substantial core melting in the Japanese nuclear reactors damaged by the earthquake and following tsunami may create the risk of a large release of radiation into the environment, it is also possible that any amounts of radiation released would be relatively small.

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    Japan's Nuclear Disaster

    Between the challenge of cooling the fuel rods at damaged Japanese nuclear energy plants and a potential breach in the containment vessel that surrounds the overheating nuclear core, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep radiation from being released into the environment.

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    Damage to Japan's Nuclear Reactors

    In the wake of Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, there remains a great deal of uncertainty about what kind of damage has been done to several of the country’s nuclear energy plants and what the potential outcome of that damage will be.

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    Nuclear Disaster: Could It Happen Here... Again?

    Although the nuclear reactor crisis in Japan will likely launch a debate about safety, there are stark differences between Japan and the United States in the environmental scenarios that must be considered when designing U.S. nuclear reactors.

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    Nuclear Plant Fears in Japan

    If nuclear plants damaged in Japan's recent earthquake cannot be cooled and their cores begin to melt, it could potentially cause one of the most serious nuclear accidents in history.

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    Is a Meltdown Possible at Japan's Nuclear Plant?

    Japanese engineers are attempting to find ways to cool the nuclear reactor core at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi reactors, in order to prevent a nuclear meltdown.

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    Japan's Nuclear Plants Safe After Quake?

    While passive safety features ensured that Japan's Fukushima reactors automatically shut off after the earthquake struck, the core remains hot even after the nuclear chain reaction ceases. If the core cannot be cooled, there could be potentially dangerous repercussions.

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    Earthquake's Impact on Japanese Nuclear Plants

    Although Japan's nuclear reactors in Fukushima have shut down, the fuel rods remain hot. If the coolant system does not function properly, the fuel rods could overheat, posing a real danger.

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    Fukushima: What Went Wrong?

    Although Japan's Fukushima reactors have been shut down, their fuel rods still need to cool down, so that the remaining water meant to cool the core does not boil and expose the radioactive rods.

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    James M. Acton
    Jessica T. Mathews Chair
    Co-director
    Nuclear Policy Program
    Acton holds the Jessica T. Mathews Chair and is co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program and a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
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    Shahram Chubin
    Nonresident Senior Fellow
    Nuclear Policy Program
    Chubin, who is based in Geneva, focuses his research on nonproliferation, terrorism, and Middle East security issues. He was director of studies at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland, from 1996 to 2009.
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    Toby Dalton
    Co-director
    Nuclear Policy Program
    Dalton is the co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment. An expert on nonproliferation and nuclear energy, his work addresses regional security challenges and the evolution of the global nuclear order.
  • expert thumbnail - Hibbs
    Mark Hibbs
    Senior Fellow
    Nuclear Policy Program
    Hibbs is a Germany-based senior fellow in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program. His areas of expertise are nuclear verification and safeguards, multilateral nuclear trade policy, international nuclear cooperation, and nonproliferation arrangements.
  • expert thumbnail - Jang
    Se Young Jang
    Nonresident Scholar
    Nuclear Policy Program
    Se Young Jang is a nonresident scholar in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
  • expert thumbnail - Kassenova
    Togzhan Kassenova
    Fellow
    Nuclear Policy Program
    Kassenova is a fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment.
  • expert thumbnail - Kühn
    Ulrich Kühn
    Nonresident Scholar
    Ulrich Kühn is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a senior research associate at the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP).
  • expert thumbnail - Kurokawa
    Tomoko Kurokawa
    Nonresident Scholar
    Nuclear Policy Program
    Kurokawa is a nonresident scholar in the Carnegie Nuclear Policy Program.
  • expert thumbnail - Levite
    Ariel (Eli) Levite
    Nonresident Senior Fellow
    Nuclear Policy Program
    Levite was the principal deputy director general for policy at the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission from 2002 to 2007.
  • expert thumbnail - Bin
    Li Bin
    Senior Fellow
    Nuclear Policy Program and Asia Program
    Li is a senior fellow working jointly in the Nuclear Policy Program and Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
  • expert thumbnail - Narang
    Vipin Narang
    Nonresident Scholar
    Nuclear Policy Program
    Vipin Narang is a nonresident scholar in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
  • expert thumbnail - Perkovich
    George Perkovich
    Ken Olivier and Angela Nomellini Chair
    Vice President for Studies
    Perkovich works primarily on nuclear strategy and nonproliferation issues; cyberconflict; and new approaches to international public-private management of strategic technologies.
  • expert thumbnail - Ülgen
    Sinan Ülgen
    Visiting Scholar
    Carnegie Europe
    Ülgen is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, where his research focuses on Turkish foreign policy, nuclear policy, cyberpolicy, and transatlantic relations.
  • expert thumbnail - Volpe
    Tristan Volpe
    Nonresident Fellow
    Nuclear Policy Program
    Tristan Volpe is a nonresident fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and assistant professor of defense analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School.
  • expert thumbnail - Wolfsthal
    Jon Wolfsthal
    Nonresident Scholar
    Nuclear Policy Program
    Jon Wolfsthal is a nonresident scholar with the Nuclear Policy Program.
  • expert thumbnail - Yoshida
    Fumihiko Yoshida
    Nonresident Scholar
    Nuclear Policy Program
    Fumihiko Yoshida is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
  • expert thumbnail - Zhao
    Tong Zhao
    Fellow
    Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
    Tong Zhao is a fellow in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program based at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy.
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