Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster (2014)

Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster is a definitive, scientific retelling of what happened at Fukushima—and an urgent reminder that U.S. nuclear power isn’t as safe as it could and should be.

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Written by nuclear experts in compulsively readable detail, this book takes a moment-by-moment look at what went wrong at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant.

The book draws on firsthand accounts, as well as detailed technical records and media coverage, to recreate the events preceding, during, and after the meltdowns of three of Fukushima’s nuclear reactors.

The authors also address whether or not a Fukushima-scale nuclear disaster could happen in the United States—with sobering (but actionable) conclusions.

Fukushima was one of the worst nuclear disasters of all time—and it’s not over

Years of poor regulation and inadequate safety controls left the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant dangerously unprepared when an earthquake and resulting tsunami hit in March 2011.

Fukushima’s aftermath includes hundreds of square miles of uninhabitable land, tens of thousands of relocated people, and billions of dollars of economic loss—ranking it alongside Chernobyl as one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters.

Ongoing challenges with managing the damaged reactors—and concerns about radiation releases—mean the Fukushima disaster is far from over.

Buy the book to learn about Fukushima’s consequences.


[How could anyone invent such a deadly and dangerous “nuclear machine” and not have a solution if it fails as badly as this? Had they not considered earthquakes or a tsunami? What are the solutions and why were they not implemented – such as burying the entire area in concrete – which only lasts 100 years! This is unacceptable, just shut all the nukes down. Failure on this epic scale is not an option…Lara/Trace]


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