Fukushima Daiichi. Part One of Many


March 11th 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake occurs just off the northwest coast of Japan. Triggering a 15 meter high tsunami to crash into the coastline, inundating around 560 square kilometers inland. It is estimated 19,000 died that day, and leaving over a million buildings destroyed or partly collapsed. Perhaps the most dire of consequences to come from that day, was the damaged sustained to Fukushima Daiichi, a nuclear power facility, located on the east coast, in the district of Okuma. Within an hour of the tsunami hitting the coast, the plant lost power to the cooling systems in each of the 6 reactors(built by GE). Flooding also caused the backup generators to fail, and within days reactors 1, 2 and 3 had experienced full meltdown.

It would be an understatement to say that the handling of this situation has been horrendous. First the Japanese Government ordered that seawater be…

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