Saturday, June 17, 2017

Nuclear Disaster

I am interested in solar power.  

I just finished reading:

Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster.  By David Lochbaum, Edwin Lyman, Susan Q. Stranahan, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.  New York, the New Press, copyright 2014 by the Union of Concerned Scientists.  Notes and references, index, 309 pages.  ISBN: 9781595589088.  

"On March 11, 2011, an earthquake large enough to shift the Earth's axis by several inches sent a massive tsunami speeding toward the Japanese coast and the aging and vulnerable Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power reactors.  The world watched in horror as the reactor's safety systems failed and explosions turned concrete and steel buildings into rubble.  In just a few hours a terrible natural disaster triggered a technological catastrophe - a triple meltdown that became the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl."

This book rigorously documents the tragic and unrecoverable losses from nuclear power plant failures due to flooding and electrical power disruption.  

Over 20,000 people died from the tsunami.  The earthquake was 9 level jolting for over 3 minutes.  

This book also covers the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear accident in Pennsylvania.  It draws out insider information about the nuclear power industry, regulatory controls, safety, vulnerability, planning, consumer demand, geography, technology, governmental management and oversight, scientific concerns and experts.  


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