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Inside the Fukushima Meltdown

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dan Edge, writer, producer, and director of the new FRONTLINE documentary "Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown," which airs on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at 10 P.M. ET on PBS, discusses his new documentary about the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost a year after the earthquake and tsunami.

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Comments [5]

Roger Witherspoon from new york

The diesel generators and the electrical network supporting them -- wires, pumps, switches, etc -- were all underneath the reactor. And when the plant flooded, the basement flooded first, knocking out the electrical system. The decision to pour sea water on the plants after the explosions further destroyed much of the electrical equipment. It was not possible to fly in more generators because a) the electrical system was compromised and b) the radiation was too high for workers.

Feb. 28 2012 04:51 PM
John A.

What Bobby G said.
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Or better yet why not block off the generators to tsunami, using the batteries first, generators second.
But see line 1.

Feb. 28 2012 11:39 AM
CM

My mom, who is Japanese is reading a lot of websites and blogs about the meltdown and says people are talking about losing their hair in chunks. She thinks the Japanese Government is hiding the fact that people are getting serious radiation sickness. I don't know how much of what she reads online is true, but she is no longer eating food from Japan.

Feb. 28 2012 11:36 AM
Bobby G from East Village

This is something I have never understood and questioned at the time I first learned of the meltdown:

The tsunami knocked out the electricity that powered the pumps that provided water that cooled the nuclear fuel rods. Back-up generators then provided electricity for a few hours. When their power was exhausted the nuclear rods began heating up and eventually melted down.

My question is why were not dozens of generators and the diesel fuel to power them helicoptered in right away to keep those cooling pumps running? It seems like an obvious hardhat solution to me. Was this possible?

Feb. 28 2012 11:21 AM
Gregg from NYC

Last month's Frontline--"Nuclear Aftershocks"--was on the whole an embarrassing apologia for the nuclear lobby. Frontline, in fact, has a disturbing history of shows that paint an overly rosy picture of nuclear power. I hope tonight's report breaks with that tradition.

More critiques of January's show:

http://capitoilette.com/2012/01/20/aftershocking-frontlines-fukushima-doc-a-lazy-apologia-for-the-nuclear-industry/

http://www.businessinsider.com/nuclear-damage-control-2012-2

Feb. 28 2012 08:49 AM

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