Posts Tagged ‘disaster’

Fukushima one year on: Poor planning hampered Fukushima response

March 6, 2012

Fukushima in review: A complex disaster, a disastrous response

From Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 

One year after an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on March 11, 2011, an independent investigation panel has highlighted the country’s failures in disaster planning and crisis management for the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The article shows that agencies were thoroughly unprepared for the cascading nuclear disaster, following a tsunami that should have been anticipated.

The Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation established an independent investigation panel to review how key actors responded during the disaster. According to the investigation, the tsunami could and should have been anticipated. Many human errors were made at Fukushima, illustrating the dangers of building multiple nuclear reactor units close together. A public myth of “absolute safety,” nurtured by nuclear power proponents over decades, contributed to the lack of adequate preparation. Even in the technologically advanced country of Japan, the government and the plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, were astonishingly unprepared, and this grave oversight will affect the Japanese people for decades. The authors conclude. “Ultimately, the final outcome of studies of Fukushima Daiichi should be an intense effort to build up the resilience of the country, its organizations, and its people, so future disaster can be averted or responded to effectively.”


When a “home” becomes a “house”: care and caring in the flood recovery process

January 13, 2011

From Space and Culture            

As Australia has become the latest victim of severe flooding, we are mindful of the potentially devastating consequences. This article looks back to the 2007 floods in North East England, to consider the care needs that are revealed, disrupted, and produced by the dependencies and vulnerabilities associated with flood recovery. It also uses diaries to document and understand the everyday experiences of individuals following the floods. The research highlights the importance of place and space within health care. The consequences of flooding on homes may cause disruptions to the meanings, objects, and routines that help make up these safe spaces, therefore can have a profound impact on our emotional and physical landscapes.


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