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Nuclear Seminar Series: The Fukushima Accident- From 2011 to 2111

May 9, 2018 -5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


The South West Nuclear Hub's Seminar Series returns with a talk on the Fukushima accident, and the nuclear research being undertaken at the University of Bristol


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Date: Wednesday 9th May

Time: 6pm

Venue: Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queen's Building, University of Bristol

Light refreshments from 5.30pm


If you are unable to attend the talk will be streamed live on YouTube here:


In order for us to be able to cater accordingly please register on Eventbrite: https://nuclearseminarseries-fukushima.eventbrite.co.uk

Talk Description

Fukushima has become synonymous with nuclear power gone disastrously wrong. The great Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of March 2011 delivered a double blow to one of Japan’s biggest nuclear power plants. Within the space of a few hours three of Fukushima-Daichi’s reactors were unavoidably headed towards catastrophic meltdown.

The Japanese government, along with many international partners including the University of Bristol, are currently undertaking the world’s largest engineering project: the locating, characterising, removing and storing of highly radioactive fuel debris and contaminated water. Suggested timelines for the safe decommissioning of the site often exceed 100 years.

This talk will cover the events leading up to the accident, the current status of the site and the future roadmap to recovery. Recent findings from robotic investigations of the site will be presented and future missions into highly radioactive areas discussed.

Speaker: Dr Rob Malkin

Dr Malkin, a senior research associate at the University of Bristol, is one the few UK scientists to have visited the site post-accident. He has close working links with many of the organisations tasked with the decommissioning and is regularly updated on progress and challenges by Japanese colleagues.


May 9, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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