Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster

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New Press, The, Feb 11, 2014 - Technology & Engineering - 320 pages
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On March 11, 2011, an earthquake large enough to knock the earth from its axis sent a massive tsunami speeding toward the Japanese coast and the aging and vulnerable Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power reactors. Over the following weeks, the world watched in horror as a natural disaster became a man-made catastrophe: fail-safes failed, cooling systems shut down, nuclear rods melted.

In the first definitive account of the Fukushima disaster, two leading experts from the Union of Concerned Scientists, David Lochbaum and Edwin Lyman, team up with journalist Susan Q. Stranahan, the lead reporter of the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Pulitzer Prize–winning coverage of the Three Mile Island accident, to tell this harrowing story. Fukushima combines a fast-paced, riveting account of the tsunami and the nuclear emergency it created with an explanation of the science and technology behind the meltdown as it unfolded in real time. Bolstered by photographs, explanatory diagrams, and a comprehensive glossary, the narrative also extends to other severe nuclear accidents to address both the terrifying question of whether it could happen elsewhere and how such a crisis can be averted in the future.
  

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Review: Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster

User Review  - Frank Kryza - Goodreads

This book is somewhat more informative than what you read in the newspapers, but it suffers from having been cobbled together rather quickly by a bunch of authors. Read full review

Review: Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster

User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

The Book-list review says that this book is "Thriller-like". It isn't. The first 20% of the book which recounts the facts of the story certainly holds ones attention, but the book is published by the ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
34
Chapter 3
55
Chapter 4
79
Chapter 5
103
Chapter 6
121
Chapter 7
141
Chapter 8
155
Chapter 11
222
Chapter 12
244
Appendix
263
Glossary
269
Key Individuals
277
US Boiling Water Reactors with Mark i and Mark II Containments
279
Notes and References
281
Index
293

Chapter 9
182
Chapter 10
204

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David Lochbaum is the head of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Nuclear Safety Project and author of Nuclear Waste Disposal Crisis. He lives in Chattanooga. Edwin Lyman is a senior scientist in the Global Security Program of the Union of Concerned Scientists. He lives in Washington, D.C. Susan Q. Stranahan is the author of Susquehanna: River of Dreams. She lives in Maine. The Union of Concerned Scientists is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world.

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