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Fukushima + 4

On March 11, 2011, at 14:46 Japan Standard Time, a magnitude 9 earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of Japan with the hypocenter 80 miles east of Sendai. Twenty minutes later, the first in a series of tsunami waves inundated a 1,200-mile swath of Japan’s northeastern coast, creating a humanitarian and material disaster. Five of Japan’s nuclear power plants (a total of 15 reactor units, 11 operating at the time) were directly impacted by the earthquake and tsunami. At the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear site, the initial earthquake toppled the offsite electrical grid system knocking out the supply of offsite AC power to all six reactor safety systems.

Read the full story here courtesy of Beyond Nuclear