Video interview with ANS Special Committee on Fukushima Co-Chair Michael Corradini

On Friday, March 11, 2011, one of the largest earthquakes in the recorded history of the world occurred on the east coast of northern Japan. The earthquake generated a major tsunami, causing nearly 20,000 deaths.

Electricity, gas, and water supplies, telecommunications, and railway service were all severely disrupted and in many cases completely shut down. These disruptions severely affected the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, causing a loss of all on-site and off-site power and a release of radioactive materials from the reactors.

The leadership of the American Nuclear Society commissioned the American Nuclear Society Special Committee on Fukushima to provide a clear and concise explanation of what happened during the Fukushima Daiichi accident, and offer recommendations based on lessons learned from their study of the event.

In this video interview, ANS President and ANS Special Committee on Fukushima co-chair Dr. Michael Corradini provides an update on the Special Committee’s work, including the release of the committee’s final report and an upcoming embedded topical meeting on Fukushima at the ANS Winter Meeting in San Diego.

The ANS Special Committee on Fukushima website.

Direct link to the Special Committee’s report.

FAQs, Q&As, accident timeline, and appendices to the report.

One thought on “Video interview with ANS Special Committee on Fukushima Co-Chair Michael Corradini

  1. James Greenidge

    This was a very good interview. I only wish ANS applied the same depth and clarity to public PSAs to get the word out to the voting public. I’m watching puppy-dog rescue _national_ PSAs on TV and apparently even those amateurish low-budget productions WORK! PSAs and YouTube videos ARE outreach today, not well-intended but futilely limited neighborhood education workshops, sorry. Car and cereal companies don’t do Tupperware parties. The same superb talent involved those local campaigns ought be bumped up and unchained to do PSAs and live FAQ YouTube broadcasts to strut their stuff. Another thing, I wish nuclear organizations stopped sounding almost sheepish or even flukish about Fukushima not hurting anyone! If anything I’d be hooting that horn! Japan’s disrupted oil and gas and highways and trains killed thousands during that quake yet how any Americans know there were no major Fukushima casualties before they vote ‘no nuclear’ in a referendum? You hear Japanese saying that Fukushima destroyed the “myth of nuclear safety”. Hello! You have a thoroughly wrecked plant courtesy God’s worst malice and no one killed or damage beyond the plant’s gates, so where’d the myth fail? It’s like your family climbing unscratched out of the family car after a 70mph crash and looking at the wreck and saying the car failed. Academic interviews are great but public education is where it’s at and where perception and reality bites the road in dispelling unchallenged FUD and giving air support to those in state houses dealing with crucial nuclear issues. We can sure use a lot of FUD-busting nuclear enlightenment in Albany right now!

    James Greenidge
    Queens NY