Fukushima analysis provides safety lesson for world’s nuclear operators

The damaged building housing Fukushima's No 4 reactor. Two reactors survived. (photo: dpa)
The damaged building housing Fukushima's No 4 reactor. Two reactors survived. (photo: dpa)

The truth about the Fukushima disaster has taken a long time to emerge, because Japan's 'nuclear village' controlled the flow of information. It is now clear that there was a meltdown, but that two reactors were saved because they had - almost by accident - an independent emergency electricity supply. This could be a valuable lesson for other countries. This is the second in a five-part series of reports examining the facts and implications of the Fukushima disaster for the use of nuclear energy worldwide.

MORE than a year after the Fukushima disaster in Japan in March 2011, we now have a thorough understanding of what actually happened.

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