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2011 Fukushima Daiichi TEPCO Nuclear Power Plant Accident

Comprehensive Coverage of Historic Core Melt after the Great East Japan Earthquake, Radiation Releases, Stabilization Roadmap, U.S. Impact

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Comprehensive coverage of the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station - the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Ten chapters and over 1,000 pages cover every aspect of the accident from the moment it began on March 11, 2011 following the Great East Japan Earthquake. This magnitude 9.0 earthquake and the subsequent tsunami caused significant damage to four of the six units of Fukushima Daiichi, operated by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), as the result of a sustained loss of both the offsite and on-site power systems. Efforts to restore power to emergency equipment have been hampered or impeded by damage to the surrounding areas due to the tsunami and earthquake. As the fuel rods became partially uncovered, hydrogen gas built up inside the reactor buildings and caused devastating explosions. Radiation was released, and widespread evacuations were ordered.

This thorough compilation of official information and documents includes material from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), U.S. government agencies, and official sources in Japan - providing an authoritative running narrative of the event as it happened hour by hour, plus important and little-known background data. TEPCO's latest roadmap for achieving a cool shutdown of the damaged reactors and dealing with the accident is covered. Expert testimony before the U.S. Senate and material from the NRC discusses the safety of U.S. nuclear facilities in light of the Fukushima accident; there is extensive discussion of the earthquake risk at California power plants, emergency planning for loss of coolant accidents, and preparations for public health impacts. Information from the EPA and FDA deals with the effects of radiation from Fukushima on the environment and food supply of the United States. A unique chapter provides the running account of TEPCO's problems and radiation leaks from the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Station in Niigata Prefecture following a strong earthquake in 2007.

Contents: Chapter 1: Roadmap towards Restoration from the Accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station; Chapter 2: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Statements on the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Through mid-April; Chapter 3: Japan Government Statements and Notices About the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis - including News Briefings by Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA), Chief Cabinet Secretary Edano, and Prime Minister Kan; Chapter 4: CRS Report for Congress - Fukushima Nuclear Crisis; Chapter 5: Nuclear Regulatory Commission Material; Chapter 6: American Government Agencies; Chapter 7: Energy Department Material; Chapter 8: Testimony before the U.S. Senate; Chapter 9: Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Press Releases Regarding the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Station after the Niigata-Chuetsu-Oki Earthquake (2007 Incident and Response).

This is a privately authored news service and educational publication of Progressive Management.