Nuclear Energy and Risk

May 2011
Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus;5/9/2011, Issue 19, p3
The article focuses on some of the systemic problems that led to the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan. The approaches used by engineers and other technical experts to make nuclear reactors safe include incorporating multiple protective systems, all of which would have to fail before a radioactive release could occur. Analysts rely on a mathematical method known as probabilistic risk assessment to quantify risks at complex systems such as nuclear power plants. The findings of a study on the future of nuclear power conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are also discussed.


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