Essay on The Nuclear Arms Race Of The 1940s

1750 Words Apr 17th, 2015 7 Pages
Addison Bollaert
Professor Hunderman
Comp 252
Fukushima The nuclear arms race of the 1940s gave birth to countless advancements in science and technology. A seemingly limitless source of relatively clean energy had been discovered. Nuclear power did not come without risks, as the smallest error could lead to a disaster of unimaginable proportions. The events at Fukushima served as a reminder that when . The Fukushima Daiichi disaster will have lasting effects on the environment, and the public’s opinion of nuclear energy will ultimately decide the fate of the industry.
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant sits on the east coast of Japan in the Fukushima Prefecture. The plant has a total of 6 boiling water reactors, which were designed in the 1960s and built in the 1970s. This type of reactor works by utilizing the heat produced by the reaction occurring in the core to boil water. The steam created subsequently rotates turbines, generating electricity. Reactors in Japan are designed to shut down immediately after an earthquake is detected, and are built to withstand the trembling without accruing critical damage. The plants along the coast are also designed to endure the tsunamis that accompany earthquakes that occur undersea. Fukushima Daiichi was built 10 meters above sea to avoid harm from average tsunamis of about 3 meters in height. Daiichi has multiple seawater pumps, which are used to clear any water that reaches the plant. Diesel generators are located on…

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