Four years ago, the second worst nuclear accident in history took place in Japan. On March 11th 2011, a 9 degree quake on the Richter scale created a Tsunami. The massive wave reached a height of 15 meters and severely damaged 14 Japanese nuclear reactors. It is well known that the main damages were supported by reactor 4 of the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant. Despite the fact that earthquakes and tsunamis are relatively common in Japan, the country had a very important network of nuclear reactors, which produced over 25% of the electric power Japan consumes. In fact, before the accident in 2011, the Asian country was considered the paradigm of nuclear safety. How could such a severe accident happen then? How was the disaster managed? What are its consequences?
Fernando Plazaola, Professor of Applied Physics of the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, will respond to these questions at a talk held under the title “The reasons behind Fukushima”. This event will be held on March 24th at 19:00 hours at AlhóndigaBilbao. Zientziateka is a monthly initiative organised by the Chair of Scientific Culture of the UPV/EHU and AlhóndigaBilbao to raise awareness of current scientific matters.
Entry is free. Tickets should be collected from the AlhóndigaBilbao Information Point.
The talk will be in Basque.