The Fukushima disaster and Japan's nuclear plant vulnerability in comparative perspective.

@article{Lipscy2013TheFD,
  title={The Fukushima disaster and Japan's nuclear plant vulnerability in comparative perspective.},
  author={Phillip Y. Lipscy and K. Kushida and Trevor Incerti},
  journal={Environmental science \& technology},
  year={2013},
  volume={47 12},
  pages={
          6082-8
        }
}
We consider the vulnerability of nuclear power plants to a disaster like the one that occurred at Fukushima Daiichi. Examination of Japanese nuclear plants affected by the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011 shows that three variables were crucial at the early stages of the crisis: plant elevation, sea wall elevation, and location and status of backup generators. Higher elevations for these variables, or waterproof protection of backup generators, could have mitigated or prevented the… Expand
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