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.