Tag: Earthquake

2011-03-12 22:28:49

Nuclear safety 101

About two days ago a magnitude 8.8(8.9?) earthquake, a tsunami and a number of aftershocks hit the east coast of japan. Among the sheer amount of human tradegy there was one event that really stood out.

The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant suffered a power failure as the tsunami cut off-site power and apparently made the on-site diesel generators be counted as off-site power source as well. This led to the coolant circulation system failure, temperature buildup in the core and currently some kind of explosion, some radiation leak but apparently no core meltdown at least. This has had me pondering all day...