Summary of Fukushima

The Story of a Nuclear Disaster

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Fukushima book summary
Fukushima was one of history’s worst nuclear disasters. Be aware that a similar calamity could happen again.


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Nuclear energy experts David Lochbaum, Edwin Lyman, Susan Q. Stranahan and the Union of Concerned Scientists offer an important chronicle of the unanticipated events that led to the calamity at Fukushima, one of history’s worst nuclear disasters. In this detailed account, an unlikely series of natural and manufactured events unfold, threatening to contaminate Tokyo with radiation. The authors’ account debunks the idea that nuclear power is safe. Their compelling granular descriptions may slow the story and blunt some main points, such as the US’s nuclear safety shortcomings. While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends this vivid account to environmentalists, and the opponents and proponents of nuclear power and alternative energy.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How an unlikely series of natural and human events led to history’s second-largest nuclear disaster
  • What risks are associated with nuclear power
  • How the nuclear industry has worked systematically to reduce safety standards worldwide


Nurturing Fallacies
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster began with an earthquake north of Tokyo on March 11, 2011. It resulted from an unlikely combination of natural disaster and human error, and threatened to pollute Tokyo, the world’s largest urban center, with radiation...
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About the Authors

David Lochbaum wrote Nuclear Waste Disposal and heads the nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists’ Nuclear Safety Project. Edwin Lyman is a senior scientist in the organization’s Global Security Program. Susan Q. Stranahan is the author of Susquehanna: River of Dreams.

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