INSIDE THE FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR DISASTER AND RECOVERY
On March 11, 2011, fifty minutes after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit eastern Japan, a tsunami 45-feet high engulfed the nuclear power plant known as Fukushima Daiichi, knocking out electrical power and all the reactors’ safety systems. Three reactor cores experienced meltdowns in the first three days, leading to an unimaginable nuclear disaster. The person the Tokyo Electric Power Company called for help was Dr. Chuck Casto. In Station Blackout, Chuck Casto, the foremost authority on responding to nuclear disasters, shares his first-hand account of how he led the collaborative team of Japanese and American experts that faced the challenges of Fukushima. A lifetime of working in the nuclear industry prepared him to manage an extreme crisis, lessons that apply to any crisis situation.
Station Blackout provides a real-life, insider account of the leadership challenges during the Fukushima nuclear crisis. Through his vivid storytelling, Chuck shares the insights from the Fukushima operators and others. This book is essential reading for any extreme crisis leader.
–William Borchardt Retired,
Executive Director for Operations
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission