On March 11, 2011, an earthquake struck the Japanese coastline, followed by a massive tsunami that flooded towns and claimed thousands of lives. The heavy floodwaters also damaged the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
On the second anniversary of the events, we cannot forget the human tragedy as thousands lost their lives and livelihoods due to these natural disasters; nor can we fail to recognize the extraordinary efforts made by the Fukushima nuclear workers in protecting the public during this crisis
The lessons learned from this significant event have forever changed our strategies for responding to natural disasters. Like others in the industry, Duke Energy is making plant modifications to give us added confidence that we can successfully deal with severe events. We are staging additional response equipment both locally and regionally, improving our procedures and training and re-performing seismic and flooding analysis.
The nuclear industry is based on a strong safety culture and sharing operating experience to ensure we learn from each other. Our nuclear plants are safer today and we will continue to learn from the events at Fukushima and implement additional measures identified to further enhance operational safety, resulting in added safety margins to an already safe technology. These lessons and NRC requirements will continue to be implemented across our industry and Duke Energy’s Nuclear Generation fleet.
Want to know more?
If you're interested in learning more about the nuclear industry's response to the events in Japan, click on the Nuclear Energy Institute's Safety First website.
Don't forget to click on the image below and watch the five-minute video explaining the comprehensive and tailored response strategy implemented industry wide to enhance nuclear plant safety in the face of extreme natural events.