Fukushima accident was avoidable

On March 11, 2011, an earthquake of magnitude 9.0 on the Richter scale, followed by a 15-metre tsunami caused incalculable damage in Japan. The natural disaster killed nearly 20,000 persons and caused an economic loss of nearly US$ 500 billion.

It led to a serious situation at the Fukushima Atomic Power Station (Fukushima Daiichi). The cores of three reactors at the plant largely melted in the first three days. The accident was rated 7, the highest on the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES), due to high radioactive releases in the first few days. Four reactors are written off…….

In a telling report released on March 6 this year, Mr James M Acton and Mr Mark Gibbs of the Carnegie Mellon Endowment for International Peace showed that the accident was preventable.

I wrote a feature article based on this report.It can be accessed at:



About ksparthasarathy

I am a former Secretary of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. I am a former Raja Ramanna Fellow in the Department of Atomic Energy. Free lance journalism is my hobby
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