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Fukushima : The Story of a Nuclear Disaster

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"A gripping, suspenseful page-turner" (Kirkus Reviews) with a "fast-paced, detailed narrative that moves like a thriller" (International Business Times), Fukushima teams two leading experts from the Union of Concerned Scientists, David Lochbaum and Edwin Lyman, with award-winning journalist Susan Q. Stranahan to give us the first definitive account of the 2011 disaster that led to the worst nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl. Four years have passed since the day the world watched in horror as an earthquake large enough to shift the Earth's axis by several inches sent a massive tsunami toward the Japanese coast and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, causing the reactors' safety systems to fail and explosions to reduce concrete and steel buildings to rubble. Even as the consequences of the 2011 disaster continue to exact their terrible price on the people of Japan and on the world, Fukushima addresses the grim questions at the heart of the nuclear debate: could a similar catastrophe happen again, and--most important of all--how can such a crisis be averted?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 22.86mm | 425g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1620970848
  • 9781620970843
  • 395,201

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"An indispensable reminder of the nuclear power industry's failure to learn from the past."
--"Los Angeles Times"
"This exacting and chilling record of epic failures in risk assessment, regulation, preparedness, and transparency will stand as a cautionary analysis of the perils of nuclear power the world over."
--"Booklist"
"A vivid picture emerges of utter confusion in the hours and days after the tsunami."
--"Nature"
"A riveting and meticulous account of the disaster as it unfolded."
--"The Japan Times"
"[An] eye-opening expose...[that] points to the scary fact that America can suffer a Fukushima-type event if critical steps are not taken."
--"Publishers Weekly"
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About David Lochbaum

David Lochbaum is the head of the Union of Concerned Scientists' Nuclear Safety Project and author of Nuclear Waste Disposal Crisis. He lives in Chattanooga. Edwin Lyman is a senior scientist in the Global Security Program of the Union of Concerned Scientists. He lives in Washington, D.C. Susan Q. Stranahan is the author of "Susquehanna: River of Dreams." She lives in Maine. The Union of Concerned Scientists is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world.
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249 ratings
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4 37% (91)
3 35% (88)
2 9% (22)
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