21 Aug '11, 1pm

US seeks to implement lessons learned from Fukushima quickly | #Energy | The Earth Times via @earthtimes #nuclear #NRC

US seeks to implement lessons learned from Fukushima quickly | #Energy | The Earth Times via @earthtimes #nuclear #NRC

On the 11th of March 2011, Japan was struck by an earthquake and ensuing tsunami, which devastated parts of the north eastern coastal region of the country and cost more than 20000 lives. The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant was struck directly by a 14m tsunami wave which easily surmounted the 9m sea wall that was designed to protect the plant from the worst tsunami scenario thought likely when the plant was designed. The plant was also at the epicentre for a number of aftershocks. Whilst the plant's structure withstood this onslaught of nature well and all of its reactors failed safe, cooling water supply was lost to several reactor buildings resulting in explosions which severely damaged the buildings and released radioactivity into the environment. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) quickly established a Task Force which was charged with analysing the Fuku...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/energy/us-implement-lessons-lea...

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