On March 11, an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, devastating the region.
- The U.S. Geological survey reports the magnitude to be 9.0, making it the most powerful earthquake to ever hit Japan.
- The earthquake shortened the day by 1.8 microseconds, shifted the earth’s axis by about 6.5 inches, and moved Japan’s tectonic plate about 13 feet.
- In spite of the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s claim of having a “safe and durable reactor,” the tsunami damaged four of the six nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, causing an explosion in the Fukushima I plant.
Experts Look at Nuclear Power After FukushimaNuclear security experts from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center say that the disaster in the Fukushima power plant will not necessarily constrain the growth of the nuclear power industry, especially where the demand for more energy is high.
After Quake, Geology Research at Harvard Assumes New UrgencyProfessors leading research initiatives in earthquake science at Harvard say there were prior indications of the earthquake that hit Japan two weeks ago, but that they were taken aback by its 9.0 magnitude
Question of the Week: Earthquake WarningWhat single improvement to current earthquake detection and warning systems would help most in terms of limiting their destruction (both material and to humans)?
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Nuclear Power's Dirty LegacyEven if the government finds a big pit where we can chuck all of the nation's waste, the danger doesn't go away on any human timescale. While some radioactive substances, such as those used in medical imaging, break down in a matter of hours, the spent fuel rods from nuclear reactors will still be dangerous thousands upon thousands of years from now.
Economist Hiroshi Nakaso Discusses Future of JapanFollowing the recent Japanese earthquake and tsunami, policy makers in Japan have struggled to find a solution to the structural, and economic problems caused by the disaster, Japanese economist Hiroshi Nakaso said yesterday at the Harvard Kennedy School.