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December 2014

Hidden Vulnerability in the Fukushima Meltdown: A Sociotechnical Perspective

Seminar
Open to the Public - Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369
December 19, 2014
10:00-11:30 a.m.

Related Projects: Managing the Atom, International Security, Science, Technology, and Public Policy, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

In this MTA Seminar, special guest Sulfikar Amir will discuss how vulnerability became hidden in the Fukushima nuclear power station and how that led to a meltdown after the nuclear power facility was struck by a tsunami. Using the sociotechnical perspective, the presentation examines the implication of the Fukushima reactor design on the ability of the system to withstand the shock. A broader analysis on the institutional structure of the Japanese nuclear industry is also presented to show how vulnerability was a product of institutionalised ignorance.

 

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