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Book details
  • Genre:TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING
  • SubGenre:Power Resources / Nuclear
  • Language:English
  • Pages:308
  • eBook ISBN:9784902075717

On the Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi

by Ryusho Kadota

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Overview
The Tohoku earthquake struck just before three on a Friday afternoon. Massive earthquake damage was followed by tsunami rising to heights of 40 meters that swept 10km inland, scouring the land of homes, schools, communities, and people. The earthquake and tsunami alone were disasters of incredible proportion, resulting in over 15,000 deaths, over 100,000 buildings destroyed, and economic losses estimated as high as $235 billion by the World Bank. And that was only the natural disaster. The manmade disaster began the same day, as the tsunami swept over the seawall of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, flooding the facility and destroying much of its equipment, including its onsite emergency power generators. Cut off from all external power sources, the reactors and spent fuel-rod assemblies began to overheat. Three reactors suffered meltdowns. Hydrogen gas explosions blew apart the outer containment buildings on three reactors. And the world watched as Japan struggled to bring the situation under control before the worst scenario came to pass. Despite further natural and manmade obstacles, the men and women at the plant succeeded in their efforts, gradually bringing the reactors under control, restoring power, and edging back, one inch at a time, from the very brink of disaster. This is their story, based on extensive interviews with the people who fought and won that battle, and especially with Masao Yoshida, the man who drove them all to get the job done. Here at last is the inside story of what they faced, what resources and information they had to work with, and why they made the decisions they did.
Description
The Tohoku earthquake struck just before three on a Friday afternoon. Massive earthquake damage was followed by tsunami rising to heights of 40 meters that swept 10km inland, scouring the land of homes, schools, communities, and people. The earthquake and tsunami alone were disasters of incredible proportion, resulting in over 15,000 deaths, over 100,000 buildings destroyed, and economic losses estimated as high as $235 billion by the World Bank. And that was only the natural disaster. The manmade disaster began the same day, as the tsunami swept over the seawall of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, flooding the facility and destroying much of its equipment, including its onsite emergency power generators. Cut off from all external power sources, the reactors and spent fuel-rod assemblies began to overheat. Three reactors suffered meltdowns. Hydrogen gas explosions blew apart the outer containment buildings on three reactors. And the world watched as Japan struggled to bring the situation under control before the worst scenario came to pass. Despite further natural and manmade obstacles, the men and women at the plant succeeded in their efforts, gradually bringing the reactors under control, restoring power, and edging back, one inch at a time, from the very brink of disaster. This is their story, based on extensive interviews with the people who fought and won that battle, and especially with Masao Yoshida, the man who drove them all to get the job done. Here at last is the inside story of what they faced, what resources and information they had to work with, and why they made the decisions they did.
About the author
Born in Aki, Kochi Prefecture in 1958. After graduating Faculty of Law at Chuo University, entered Shinchosha as a reporter at the Shukan Shincho weekly magazine, rising to assistant editor. After 7 years as a roving reporter, he wrote almost 800 articles during the 18 years he spent in the magazine’s offices. He went independent in April 2008. As a non-fiction author he is active in a wide range of genres including politics, law, crime, history, and sports, and has penned numerous books. The Man Who Saved Taiwan: The Miracle of Lieutenant General Hiroshi Nemoto of the Imperial Japanese Army (Kadokawa) was awarded the 19th Yamamoto Shichihei Prize. Other major books include Koshien Legacy: the Life of Legendary Batting Coach Michihiro Takabatake (Kodansha), Battle Against Despair: The 3300 Days of Hiroshi Motomura (Shinchosha), Last Testament of the Pacific War (3 vols., Shogakukan), and Defanging the Wolf: The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Public Security Bureau and the Most Dangerous Bomber in Japan (Shogakukan). Koshien Legacy was dramatized by NHK as “Full Swing,” starring Katsumi Takahashi, and Battle Against Despair was dramatized by WOWOW, starring Yosuke Eguchi, winning the Grand Prize in the drama category at the National Arts Festival hosted by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. His most recent work is The Reporter Headed toward the Sea: The Tsunami, Radiation, and the Fukushima Minyu Shimbun (Kadokawa). Kadota is continuing his dynamic writing in a wide range of fields. http://www.kadotaryusho.com/
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