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On the Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima…
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On the Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi (udgave 2014)

af Ryusho Kadota, Simon Varnam (Oversætter), Akira Tokuhiro (Bidragyder)

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March 11, 2011. The Tōhoku earthquake struck just before three on a Friday afternoon. Massive earthquake damage was followed by tsunami rising to heights of 40 meters that swept 10km inland, scouring the land of homes, school, communities, and people. The earthquake and tsunami alone were disasters of incredible proportion, resulting in over 15,000 deaths, over 100, 000 buildings destroyed, and economic losses estimated as high as $235 billion by the World Bank. And that was only the natural disaster. The manmade disaster began the same day, as the tsunami swept over the seawall of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, flooding the facility and destroying much of its equipment, including its onsite emergency power generators. Cut off from all external power sources, the reactors and spent fuel-rod assemblies began to overheat. Three reactors suffered meltdowns. Hydrogen gas explosions blew apart the outer containment buildings on three reactors. And the world watched as Japan struggled to bring the situation under control before the worst scenario came to pass. Despite further natural and manmade obstacles, the men and women at the plant succeeded in their efforts, gradually bringing the reactors under control, restoring power, and edging back, one inch at a time, from the very brink of disaster. This is their story, based on extensive interviews with the people who fought and won that battle, and especially with Masao Yoshida, the man who drove them all to get the job done. Here at last is the inside story of what they faced, what resources and information they had to work with, and why they made the decisions they did.… (mere)
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Titel:On the Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi
Forfattere:Ryusho Kadota
Andre forfattere:Simon Varnam (Oversætter), Akira Tokuhiro (Bidragyder)
Info:Kurodahan Press (2014), Paperback, 308 pages
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On the Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi af Ryūshō Kadota

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I rarely give a book 5 stars, but On The Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi is definitely worthy of that rating. Fukushima Daiichi (FDI) was the nuclear power plant in Japan, damaged by an earthquake in March 2011, and functionally destroyed by the subsequent tsunami. My upfront disclaimer is that I worked in the nuclear power industry for nearly twenty years as an Information Technology specialist at a large design/build engineering firm and became intimately familiar with the processes and data involved in the design and construction of a nuclear plant.

The catastrophic subject matter makes for a compelling read equal to that of many fictional thrillers. The author presents both facts and opinions in a clearly organized way – a major accomplishment when dealing with a technical subject. The translation was also exceptional. I think this book should be required reading for anyone in the nuclear power industry.

As I read the book, I saw obvious problems – the interference from the government, the reluctance of the power company's executives to be fully transparent in their communications, and the principles of engineering economics. In the nuclear industry, safety is key. Systems are designed to be fail-safe and to have backups. When design decisions are made, they are based on conservative estimates of statistical probability of occurrence. Unfortunately, the impact of a tsunami was severely underestimated, leading to the disastrous results at FDI.

I have to admire the operations teams. As you would expect from their culture, they willingly accepted the responsibility that was thrust upon them and responded to the best of their ability, saving Japan from a worst-case scenario. As I read about their efforts, I kept stopping to think about what could have been done with today's technology to help them.

In summary, I felt this book described the emergency response quite well. Regardless of your opinion on nuclear power, I think you will find this book compelling. ( )
7 stem LoisB | Dec 29, 2014 |
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This is an almost minute by minute account of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident; although reference is made--must be made to the earthquake and tsunami which damaged the power plant and complicated all efforts to cope with the crisis. Aimed at the general Japanese reader, there are some references which will mean little or nothing to American readers, but these are few and do not detract at all from the drama of the book or its clear account of what happened and how it happened. A dramatic story, well told, and carefully documented. ( )
  nmele | Dec 13, 2014 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
This is an engrossing story about the near disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that had hit Japan. There are many engineering details, but the book is mainly about the human stories, describing how a number of people took tremendous risks to keep the situation under control and prevent a Chernobyl-like tragedy. I was impressed by the courage and loyalty of those working in the nuclear facility and appalled by the stories of political interference. The translation was a little bit awkward in places but done well for the most part. I would have liked to see more analysis of the circumstances leading to the disaster. There is a small amount of analysis at the very end, but this book is primarily about the extraordinary actions of the people caught in incredibly challenging circumstances. ( )
  mathgirl40 | Dec 2, 2014 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
In reading this book, I was hoping for a glimpse into the human moments surrounding the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant. I had concerns that it might be too focused on the technical aspects of what happened rather than the human ones.

Thankfully, there was no need to worry. While the technical aspects are an important part of both the story and the book, they are explained thoroughly and used to enhance understanding of the human drama, not detract from it.

Mr. Kadota has a story-teller's eye for the details that can pull a reader into a harrowing situation. I can easily see myself recommending this to people who read 102 Minutes, Is Paris Buring?, And the Band Played On, or other great books that examine difficult moments in history from the perspective of the everyday people caught up in them. ( )
  willoughby | Nov 21, 2014 |
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This is the story of the people on the ground at Fukoshima after the earthquake in March 2011. These are the people who suceeded in keeping the reactors from becoming nuclear explosions.

This is not the final story about Fukushima. As the conclusion makes clear, there were many bad planning decisions, and both TEPCO and the Japanese government need to take the lessons seriously so that a similar disaster at other plants could be more easily handled. Every nuclear plant around the world needs to look again at their preparations for such emergencies.

What this book does so well is expressing the great but quiet heroism of all those who kept going in spite of personal danger and immense difficulties to minimize the danger to others. Celebrating their accomplishments is certainly worthwhile. ( )
1 stem MarthaJeanne | Nov 20, 2014 |
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The accident at Fukushima Daiichi has wrought unprecedented tragedy, not only on Fukushima prefecture but on the whole of the northeastern Tohoku region of Japan, while the aftereffects drag on even now, a year and a half after the earthquake. (Introduction)
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March 11, 2011. The Tōhoku earthquake struck just before three on a Friday afternoon. Massive earthquake damage was followed by tsunami rising to heights of 40 meters that swept 10km inland, scouring the land of homes, school, communities, and people. The earthquake and tsunami alone were disasters of incredible proportion, resulting in over 15,000 deaths, over 100, 000 buildings destroyed, and economic losses estimated as high as $235 billion by the World Bank. And that was only the natural disaster. The manmade disaster began the same day, as the tsunami swept over the seawall of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, flooding the facility and destroying much of its equipment, including its onsite emergency power generators. Cut off from all external power sources, the reactors and spent fuel-rod assemblies began to overheat. Three reactors suffered meltdowns. Hydrogen gas explosions blew apart the outer containment buildings on three reactors. And the world watched as Japan struggled to bring the situation under control before the worst scenario came to pass. Despite further natural and manmade obstacles, the men and women at the plant succeeded in their efforts, gradually bringing the reactors under control, restoring power, and edging back, one inch at a time, from the very brink of disaster. This is their story, based on extensive interviews with the people who fought and won that battle, and especially with Masao Yoshida, the man who drove them all to get the job done. Here at last is the inside story of what they faced, what resources and information they had to work with, and why they made the decisions they did.

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