Tagged: Fukushima

Japan’s latest tsunami reaction shows lessons learned from previous disasters - Guest Work

Guest Author Nov 23, 2016

By James Goff, UNSW Australia Parts of Japan were on tsunami alert yesterday following a magnitude 6.9 earthquake off the east coast of the country. This was the first real test for Japan since the 2011 earthquake which led to a deadly tsunami. The destruction led to a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Paul … Read More

We still don’t really know the health hazards of a nuclear accident - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 17, 2016

Claire Corkhill, University of Sheffield Five years after the nuclear disaster in Fukushima and 30 years after the Chernobyl accident, scientists are still disagreeing about the impact on human health – such as how many people have got cancer as a result and how dangerous the exclusion zones currently are. In Fukushima, residents are forbidden to permanently … Read More

Five years after Fukushima, there are big lessons for nuclear disaster liability - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 13, 2016

Makoto Takahashi, University of Cambridge As four reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant suffered catastrophic cooling failures and exploded in March 2011, the world watched in disbelief. For Japan, this was not just the greatest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. It was “the most severe crisis … since World War II”. Five years on, … Read More

How scientists are helping Japan rebuild after the devastating 2011 tsunami - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 12, 2016

Suzana Ilic, Lancaster University and Nobuhito Mori, Kyoto University Five years ago, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake occurred 200km off the east coast of Japan, causing a devastating tsunami. The resulting waves affected 2,000km of coastline, killed some 18,000 people, destroyed nearly 110,000 buildings and damaged twice that number. It also triggered the meltdown … Read More

Reflection on Fukushima 5 years out - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 10, 2016

By Dr Rebecca Priestley, Science in Society group, Victoria University of Wellington I spent the morning of March 12, 2011 glued to the television set, watching the incredible footage of the tsunami wave breaching sea walls alternating with scenes from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The Fukushima nuclear disaster impacted on attitudes to nuclear power around the world … Read More

Not Quite a Three Eyed Fish - Genomics Aotearoa

Peter Dearden Sep 13, 2012

by SM Morgan The Tohoku Earthquake & Tsunami in March of 2011 caused an unfortunate side effect when it wasted the crap out of a couple nuclear power plants.  The nuclear material released into the surrounding environment from the Fukushima Daiichi failures caused a fair bit of panic and we are still only now working out how much of an … Read More

Merkel’s rush to renewables - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker May 12, 2011

I’ve become wary of politicians’ commitments to clean energy, having been disappointed by the rapidity with which the rhetoric of leaders like Obama or Rudd loses substance when the political going gets tough. But it was hard not to pay attention to a striking article in Yale Environment 360 this week in which Der Spiegel [...] … Read More

How to shut down a nuclear reactor - A Measure of Science

Shaun Hendy Mar 16, 2011

As Japan deals with the after-effects of its strongest earthquake on record and an even more devastating tsunami, the world’s attention is focussed on the Fukushima nuclear power plant.  The plant houses a number of nuclear reactors, which, despite being shut down during the earthquake, need to be carefully managed to ensure that the nuclear fuel is kept cool.  This … Read More