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Japan’s ‘nuclear village’ received repeated warnings and advice about the country’s plants, but would not accept that they were unsafe. American regulators even pinpointed power system improvements that might have saved more of the Fukushima reactors. When the disaster occurred, the government and plant operator were unprepared and the safety myth was exposed, expl...
Dr. Stefan Lippert
A cold shutdown, requiring a stable electricity supply and heat sinks, saved two of Fukushima’s six nuclear reactors after the earthquake and tsunami. But three of the others suffered meltdown and explosion. Basing safety measures on probability was shown to be the wrong policy – because even the most unlikely events can happen, with disastrous consequences explain...
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...