03 Jul '11, 10pm

Cradle to grave stance urged for nuclear industry #environment #news #energy

Cradle to grave stance urged for nuclear industry #environment #news #energy

The devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami which wrought much destruction to north east Japan on March 11th 2011 triggered a nuclear emergency at Fukushima which has had consequences on nuclear policy much further afield: Germany has announced that it will abandon plans to use nuclear power in the future. Fukishima was directly struck by a 14m tsunami wave which breached the 9m sea defences and the region was also at the epicentre of aftershocks. The plant survived a worse natural disaster than it was designed to withstand and the only recorded fatalities were as a result of drowning rather than a nuclear incident. Whilst the nuclear reactors failed safe, in the aftermath of the disaster, cooling to the reactor and fuel storage ponds was lost, resulting in partial meltdown of some fuel rods and explosions which ruptured the environmental containment of some reactors...

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