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Monday, March 21, 2011

Fukushima Nuclear Crisis

Richard J. Campbell
Specialist in Energy Policy

The earthquake on March 11, 2011, off the east coast of Honshu, Japan’s largest island, reportedly caused an automatic shutdown (called a “scram”) of eleven of Japan’s fifty-five operating nuclear power plants.1 Most of the shutdowns proceeded without incident. The plants closest to the epicenter, Fukushima and Onagawa (see Figure 1), were damaged by the earthquake and resulting tsunami.

Date of Report: March 15, 2011
Number of Pages: 7
Order Number: R41694
Price: $19.95

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