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Publisher's Summary

On March 11, 2011, an earthquake large enough to knock the earth from its axis sent a massive tsunami speeding toward the Japanese coast and the aging and vulnerable Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power reactors. Over the following weeks, the world watched in horror as a natural disaster became a man-made catastrophe: fail-safes failed, cooling systems shut down, nuclear rods melted.
In the first definitive account of the Fukushima disaster, two leading experts from the Union of Concerned Scientists, David Lochbaum and Edwin Lyman, team up with journalist Susan Q. Stranahan, the lead reporter of the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Pulitzer Prizewinning coverage of the Three Mile Island accident, to tell this harrowing story. Fukushima combines a fast-paced, riveting account of the tsunami and the nuclear emergency it created with an explanation of the science and technology behind the meltdown as it unfolded in real time.
The narrative also extends to other severe nuclear accidents to address both the terrifying question of whether it could happen elsewhere and how such a crisis can be averted in the future.
©2014 Union of Concerned Scientists (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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2 out of 5 stars
By Eduards J. Vucins on 05-11-14

Internal workings of the NRC

What disappointed you about Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster?

Half the book was on the NRC.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narration was good but the authors were clearly writers only with a poor understanding of the technical details. A much better understanding of the event can be obtained from the Chapter in James Mahafey's book Atomic Accidents: A History and the Robert P.Gale MD book Radiation-What it is & What You Need to Know .

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Unless you are a policy wonk, you will be bored by half of the book.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Eric on 07-08-16

Political Essay

The authors' biases made it hard for me to enjoy the story. This was more a political essay than a historical account.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 02-19-17

Fukushima inspired political discussion

I was hoping to learn more technical aspects of the accident in order to have my own opinion. Instead it is mostly extensive political discussion with strong emphasis on American authorities. Lector has beautiful voice but occasionally loses comprehension of long sentences that the book generously uses.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By R Halls on 03-09-18


The book was interesting however I do find the arguments are quite biased. As it always emphasises the worst effects and idea "That ALL radionuclides are dangerous" It's ment to be written by Scientists so; the types of isotopes, half life , decay energy/rate and types of energy (Alpha, Beta, Gamma) don't mean much then? However it is a good listen if you remember to account for this

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