Nuclear Nightmare: Japan in Crisis – Discovery Channel (2011)

Nuclear Nightmare: Japan in Crisis - Discovery Channel Documentary

Nuclear Nightmare: Japan in Crisis - Released on April 28th 2011, this Discovery Channel documentary film is about the earthquake tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster that struck Japan in early 2011. It is produced by David Elisco and Nanette Harrison. Paula Zahn is the narrator of this Discovery Channel documentary film. This Discovery Channel documentary film does a detailed investigation into the reasons that made the Fukushima disaster one of the worst in world history.

It was the morning of March 11, 2011 when an earthquake of a massive scale occurred on the outskirts of Fukushima beach. This earthquake had not been predicted and the resulting waves it caused were also dangerously big. The quake’s massive jolts triggered a tsunami within minutes, and before the authorities could do anything to control the situation the first of the tsunami’s waves hit shore.

The Fukushima Nuclear Plant was also built near the seashore because it is much more convenient to have water from the sea cooling the reactor’s sensitive components. In this instance, this convenience turned awry and the waves caused serious damage to the reactor. These waves topped the nuclear plant’s designed seawalls and caused flooding in the reactor basement.

Contaminations from the environment combined with loss of electricity (onboard diesel generators stopped working as a result of flooding) meant the nuclear reactor could not get adequate cooling either. This caused the nuclear reactor to overheat and danger of a meltdown was also imminent. TEPCO declared first level emergency at this time and failed attempts at stabilizing the situation led to mass evacuations.

Nuclear Nightmare: Japan in Crisis - The Discovery Channel documentary film contains never before seen footage of the situation as it was unfolding, among other things we see a news helicopter flying over the nuclear site and hundreds of workers evacuating the nuclear power plant moments before the water hit. This incident has widely been quoted as the worst nuclear disaster in history after the infamous Chernobyl disaster in 1986. Estimates show that this disaster released almost two hundred times more radiation in the environment than the nuclear bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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