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Lessons Learned in Protection of the Public for the Accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Callen, Jessica*; Homma, Toshimitsu

doi: 10.1097/HP.0000000000000666

What insights can the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant provide in the reality of decision making on actions to protect the public during a severe reactor and spent fuel pool emergency? In order to answer this question, and with the goal of limiting the consequences of any future emergencies at a nuclear power plant due to severe conditions, this paper presents the main actions taken in response to the emergency in the form of a timeline. The focus of this paper is those insights concerning the progression of an accident due to severe conditions at a light water reactor nuclear power plant that must be understood in order to protect the public.

*International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)Schlossplatz 1, Laxenburg, A-2361, Austria; †Japan Atomic Energy Agency 2–4 Shirakata, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, 319-1195 Ibaraki-ken, Japan.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

For correspondence contact: Jessica Callen, or email at

(Manuscript accepted 19 January 2017)

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