Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Research Paper

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One of the largest environmental disasters in world history happened on March 11, 2011. The site was the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. A 9.0 magnitude earthquake was experienced off the northeastern coast of Japan, and this triggered tsunamis that affected shorelines within minutes. Dozens of villages alongside 200 miles of coastline were substantially destroyed. Waves measuring more than 40 feet struck the Fukushima nuclear power plant, located only 150 miles from Tokyo. The plant’s emergency systems shut down. Crews attempted to use seawater to cool the reactors. The water backwashed into the Pacific and that created the largest ocean pollution event in history. Explosions at the plant, and fires caused by the disaster, spread the …show more content…
A variety of desperate activities ensued, including spraying the facility down with seawater. Eventually stable temperatures were achieved in the reactors. But the containment of radioactive material is the main question they faced, and that topic researchers have been studying ever since.
A Pandora’s Box of nuclear problems ensued from the meltdown of the Fukushima Nuclear Plant. Majia Nadesan, author of Fukushima and the Privatization of Risk, wrote one of the most comprehensive volumes in existence on the disaster. The book, though only about 150 pages in length, has 512 citations. An unusual aspect of the incident was noted by Nadesan, who states that the government was extremely slow in evacuating residents in harm’s way after the nuclear reactors exploded. She states that the true risks will only be known in the future. The highest risk is from the bioaccumulation of radiation from the water and food supply. This can require decades to bring about a person’s demise. Ms. Nadesan is concerned that by then the epidemiological data will have been hidden, discarded or otherwise

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