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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Fukushima Nuclear Crisis

Richard J. Campbell
Specialist in Energy Policy

Mark Holt
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 of eleven of Japan’s fifty-five operating nuclear power plants.Most of the shutdowns proceeded without incident. However, the plants closest to the epicenter, Fukushima and Onagawa (see Figure 1), were damaged by the earthquake and resulting tsunami. The Fukushima Daiichi plant subsequently suffered hydrogen explosions and probable nuclear fuel damage, releasing significant amounts of radioactive material into the environment.

Date of Report: April 4, 2011
Number of Pages: 7
Order Number: R41694
Price: $19.95

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