Just as the much-maligned
nuclear power industry seemed
poised for a comeback, earthquakes and a subsequent tsunami
struck Japan and changed the
game once again.
the March disaster severely damaged the coastal Fukushima Daiichi
nuclear plant in the northeast part
of the country—releasing harmful
radiation into the atmosphere and
sparking the worst nuclear accident
in a quarter-century.
Of immediate concern was the
local populace; hundreds of thousands of residents were either evacuated or told to remain indoors.
But the catastrophe is prompting
governments, regulatory agencies
and energy companies around
the world to rethink their nuclear
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11 europe’s Quiet star
12 Yes, We have No Bananas
14 Off the Rails
A MATTER OF NEED
Prior to the quake, it was starting
to appear that a new nuclear age
had arrived. Looking for ways to
slash their reliance on fossil fuels
and increase clean energy production, governments around the world
were reinvesting in nuclear projects.
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