Fukushima one year on – Japanese experts respond
Ver.1.0 (Updated: 120309-19:00)
Feel free to use these quotes in your stories, but please read our notes at the bottom in regards to the information here.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
On March 11 last year a magnitude 9.0 (Mw) earthquake hit off the coast of Japan triggering a powerful tsunami and resulting in the most serious nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Over 15,000 people were confirmed dead as the tsunami inundated a total area of approximately 561 km2 (217 sq mi) in Japan. A series of fires and explosions within the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station triggered a full meltdown in three reactors whilst a fourth was significantly damaged by fire. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was rated as a level 7 (major accident) on the international nuclear and radiological event scale. Now, one year after the disastrous events unfolded, nuclear and disaster experts examine the current situation and what lessons can be learnt.
Below are comments from Japanese experts provided by the Science Media Centre of Japan and translated into English by Translationz. The collaboration between the Australian Science Media and the Science Media Centre of Japan is supported by the Commonwealth through the Australia-Japan Foundation which is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Assistant Professor Hiroaki Koide
Assistant Professor Tetsuo Sawada
・ The Science Media Centre of Japan (SMCJ) is an independent, non-profit group for the news media, giving journalists access to evidence-based science and expertise.
・ Regardless of the medium, we welcome our material to be used by journalists who want to make scientific views heard in society.
・ The views expressed in this post are those of the individuals and organisations indicated and do not reflect the views of the SMC or its employees.
・ The SMCJ sends such information to those registered on our mailing list. To sign up, please click on the link below.
（Please be warned that registration involves giving us some information about yourself. Those who we think are not real journalists may be denied access to our mailing list. This is to prevent our information from being abused, and we ask for your understanding. However, considering the emergency we are in now, we have decided to put up all of our information publicly on this website)
【Journalist Registration】Please contact us from HERE
【About this article】
○ Feel free to use these quotes in your stories.
○ In terms of crediting the SMCJ (optional), we would ask you to name is as one of the following:
-Science Media Centre of Japan
○ When sharing links, we ask that you please use: http://www.smc-japan.org
○ Please contact the SMCJ with your comments on our service at:
Science Media Centre of Japan (Corp)
Fatal error: Uncaught exception 'Exception' with message 'String could not be parsed as XML' in /home/smc-japan/www/eng/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/tweetable/mh_twitter_class.php:298 Stack trace: #0 /home/smc-japan/www/eng/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/tweetable/mh_twitter_class.php(298): SimpleXMLElement->__construct('') #1 /home/smc-japan/www/eng/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/tweetable/tweetable.php(337): Twitter_API->rate_limit_status('117015509-aBj6b...', 'uaJkuxE3REfxYzd...') #2 /home/smc-japan/www/eng/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/tweetable/tweetable.php(399): tweetable_api_rate_status() #3 /home/smc-japan/www/eng/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/tweetable/tweetable.php(155): tweetable_get_recent_tweets() #4 [internal function]: tweetable_write_widget(Array) #5 /home/smc-japan/www/eng/wordpress/wp-includes/widgets.php(891): call_user_func_array('tweetable_write...', Array) #6 /home/smc-japan/www/eng/wordpress/wp-content/themes/platformpro/core/library/library.templates.php(20): dynamic_sidebar('Primary Sidebar') #7 /home/ in /home/smc-japan/www/eng/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/tweetable/mh_twitter_class.php on line 298