In March 2011 the Fukushima nuclear power plant (NPP) in Japan was hit by an earthquake and subsequent tsunami which resulted in the release of significant amounts of radioactive material. The incident led to the suspension of nuclear programmes by a number of countries. This book provides a definitive account of the accident.

Key Features

  • Outlines the main sequence of events of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant accident, considers the responses of central and local government, and evaluates the response of the plant owner TEPCO.
  • Describes and assesses the effectiveness of the evacuation process and subsequent decontamination of the site and local area.
  • Offers recommendations for improving the safe design and operation of nuclear power plants and considers the future of the Fukushima plant and nuclear power generation in Japan.


Safety managers, designers and engineers of nuclear power plants, government agencies responsible for the regulation of the nuclear industry, and academics conducting research into nuclear plant design, operation and safety will find this book an essential record of the event and an informative guide to future planning.

Table of Contents

  • List of authors
  • Woodhead Publishing Series in Energy
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant accident
    • Abstract
    • 1.1 Introduction
    • 1.2 Energy production in Japan
    • 1.3 The Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant
    • 1.4 The Tohoku Area Pacific Offshore Earthquake and tsunami
    • 1.5 Nuclear power safety and disaster prevention systems in Japan
    • 1.6 Conclusions
  • 2. The Fukushima nuclear power plant accident: the main sequence of events
    • Abstract
    • 2.1 Introduction
    • 2.2 Outline of primary facilities at the Fukushima plant
    • 2.3 The sequence of events from earthquake and tsunami to station blackout (SBO)
    • 2.4 Possible damage caused by the earthquake
    • 2.5 The condition of Unit 1 after SBO
    • 2.6 The condition of Unit 3 after SBO
    • 2.7 The condition of Unit 2 after SBO
    • 2.8 Sequence of events leading to hydrogen explosions in Units 1, 3, and 4
    • 2.9 The process of water injection into the spent fuel pools
    • 2.10 How the accident might have been avoided
    • 2.11 Background to nuclear power generation
    • 2.12 Conclusions
  • 3. The response of central and local government agencies to the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident
    • Abstract
    • 3.1 Introduction
    • 3.2 Central government: key responsibilities and preparatory measures
    • 3.3 The response and preparedness of the central government
    • 3.4 Local government: key responsibilities
    • 3.5 Conclusions: key lessons and improvements needed
    • Appendix Government offices and organizations
  • 4. The response of the plant owner/operator (TEPCO) to the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident
    • Abstract
    • 4.1 Introduction
    • 4.2 Accident management by Fukushima's nuclear plant owner and operator, TEPCO
    • 4.3 TEPCO's risk assessment an


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