|Last year, the world watched a massive earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. News from these tragic disasters quickly evolved as reports showed that Japan’s nuclear power facility, Fukushima Dai-ichi, had very serious problems. This heartbreaking and horrifying disaster provided an impetus to re-evaluate the safety and security of nuclear power.For this week’s feature I would like to highlight some recent member reports and blogs:
Union of Concerned Scientists:
The Fukushima disaster did not directly affect the United States, but it has cast a long shadow over U.S. nuclear energy policy. A year later, are the lessons of Fukushima making U.S. nuclear power safer? This is the question that U.S. Nuclear Power Safety One Year After Fukushima seeks to answer.
Natural Resources Defense Council:
What if the Fukushima nuclear fallout crisis had happened here? There are 104 nuclear reactors in the United States. If one of them lost both primary and backup power for even a matter of hours, it could lead to a meltdown and an airborne radioactive plume. See what could have happened if a reactor in your area had a severe nuclear accident on March 11, 2011.
Message to World Leaders: Fukushima is a Reminder; End the Threat of Nuclear Power.
More than 50 organisations and individuals from around the world have joined forces with Greenpeace and called for investments in safe, renewable energy in order to end the threat of nuclear power. That message is in the form of an open letter being delivered to world leaders following the first anniversary as a reminder that the Fukushima nuclear disaster must be seen for what it is: another overwhelming piece of evidence that nuclear energy can never be safe and must be phased out. Read more here.
Credit: Stefan Kühn
Friends of the Earth:
Fukushima: One Year Later
One year ago I, like many people across the United States and around the world, watched as the horrible images flooded in from Japan and the Fukushima Province after the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami devastated the coastline. News of the natural disaster was grim, and it only became more so when news spread that the nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi facility were damaged and offline. Read more here.