By: Linda Jameson, Environmental Science and Engineering Magazine
March 11, 2012 marked one year since a 9.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the northeastern coast of Japan,generating a tsunami that ended operations at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The disaster stemmed from a series of events,the first of which was the massive tsunami, followed by a series of equipment failures, nuclear meltdowns, and releases of radioactive materials. It is the largest nuclear disaster since Chernobylin 1986.
The Fukushima Plant was one of the largest nuclearpower stations in the world. While the plant itself covers 860 acres,the effects ofthe disaster extend far beyond and will affect human lives and the environment for decades. Read More »