Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University


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Examining the Nuclear Accident at Fukushima Daiichi

Journal Article

Edward Blandford - Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow
Joonhong Ahn - Professor. Department of Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley

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June 3, 2012, Vol. 8 no. 3, page(s) 189-194
June 3, 2012

In a special edition of Elements journal that covered the one-year anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, CISAC Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow Edward Blandford and Joonhong Ahn outline the factors that led to the meltdown: site selection, hazard assessment and site preparation, approaches to managing risk, and reactor design. The paper analyzes how the earthquake and tsunami unleashed a chain of events that eventually led to the meltdown and release of radioactive material.