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 buiMarch 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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on the brink the inside story of fukushima daiichi Reviews
It's frightening how, despite involving incidents decades apart in vastly different cultures, many of the problems identified in this book are the same as the ones that Eric Schlosser found cropping up in the Damascus accident. In both cases, engineers on the scene had a fair idea what needed to be done to get everything under control, but they had to wait for permission from higher-ups, who got into debates over what course of action to take, hampered by an incomplete or garbled understanding about what was going on on the ground. At both Fukushima and Damascus, the nature of the accident rendered instruments inoperative and limited the ability of those on site to make repairs. The situation in Fukushima was worse in this regard since, instead of everything being confined to a single, military hierarchy, both the government and a private corporation were involved, and both had other considerations in mind.While there've been several books published on the Fukushima disaster, this one is notable for being based almost exclusively on interviews conducted with those involved, with technical details kept to a minimum. This does prove to be a shortcoming in one way -- while several government ministers and advisers, including Prime Minister Kan himself, granted the author interviews, as did employees of the plant, apparently none of the higher-ups at TEPCO were willing to talk with him, creating a huge blind spot. We get enough information from other sources to see that upper management was criminally incompetent (they dragged their feet, for instance, on sending additional radiation suits to the plant to replace those that had been contaminated, telling the plant manager to make do with what was available on site), but it would've been nice to see what was actually going on at corporate headquarters and how they were making their decisions. Still, given how incompetent PM Kan comes off, despite giving his own version of events, it's not surprising that TEPCO officials would avoid the author. Nor, given the long-standing rumors that TEPCO is a branch of the Yakuza, is it surprising the author would want to avoid too much prying into the upper management of the company.But while that blindspot is unfortunate, the book is still more than worth reading for the detailed, first-hand accounts of what happened in the control room during the disaster, and the honest assessment of how much worse it could have been.
I remember being riveted to the news when the events in this book were taking place. While being absorbed in the technical details of what was happening, I had always wondered about the workers who stayed at the site, at great personal risk. This book attempts to tell that story. The book covers the first week of the disaster from the perspectives of a handful of employees. The author does a good job of describing the tension and confusion at the site, as radiation levels rise and supplies dwindle. It didn't come off as overly melodramatic. This book doesn't tell the whole story of Fukushima. That isn't its intent. This adds dimension and background to a complex story. I enjoyed it for what it was. This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Probably not good introThis book probably requires a more closely grained knowledge of the people and context surrounding the Fukushima disaster to get the most out of it and would be best read after getting a working knowledge of events.
يتناول الكتاب حادثة محطة فوكوشيما النووية رقم 1 – إثر أقوى زلزال شهدته اليابان متبوعا بأمواج تسونامي عارمة – بأسلوب صحفي. حيث إنه عبارة عن مجموعة مقابلات أجراها المؤلف ريوشو كادوتا مع أشخاص عاشوا الحادثة وكانوا أطرافا فيها تأثرا وتأثيرا.يسرد علينا الكاتب القصة منتقلا من شخصية إلى أخرى مبرزا الجوانب الإنسانية، والصعوبات التي واجهها العاملون في المحطة خصوصا أثناء تعاملهم مع هذه الكارثة غير المسبوقة وغير المتوقعة. مع إعطاء شرح لا بأس به عن النواحي التقنية والفنية لعمل المفاعلات وما الذي أصابها.الكتاب مرتب زمنيا – بالساعات والدقائق – من قبيل وقوع الزلزال إلى ما تلاه من الأيام الأُوَل، وإن كان في أجزاء منه يرجع قليلا أو يتقدم قليلا، وكأنك تشاهد فيلما سينمائيا وكل مشهد فيه يكون مقرونا بتوقيت معين.استمتعت كثيرا بقراءة الكتاب وأحسست بالجوانب الإنسانية فيه ... بل عايشتها!!
The Japan Times (12.13.14) notice for this book said the personal testimonials "are riveting and heartbreaking." It's a dollar cheaper on Nook than elsewhere.