Nuclear Meltdown Disaster

Go inside the Fukushima power plants for the minute-by-minute story of what went wrong. Airing July 29, 2015 at 9 pm on PBS Aired July 29, 2015 on PBS

Program Description

NOVA reveals the minute-by-minute story of the Fukushima nuclear crisis—the one you know about, and the one you likely don’t: the perilously close call at the other Fukushima nuclear power plant a few miles away from the meltdowns. With unprecedented access inside both Fukushima nuclear power plants, NOVA speaks with workers who were there during the harrowing days—a crisis that began as a natural a disaster but was made worse by human beings. But why did the worst happen at one plant while another that faced nearly identical challenges emerged unscathed? It may come down to the skill and knowledge of one man, who has worked there since they started construction. These are crucial questions as the company that runs both plants, TEPCO, tries to clean up an unprecedented radioactive mess and reintroduce nuclear power to Japan.

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WRITTEN, DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY
Miles O’Brien
EDITED BY
Brian Truglio
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A NOVA production by Miles O’Brien Productions, LLC, for WGBH Boston.

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Original funding for this program was provided by Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Google, the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Public Television Stations, Millicent Bell through the Millicent and Eugene Bell Foundation, Roger and Vicki Sant and the Montgomery Family Foundation.

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Participants

Chuck Casto
Former NRC Executive
Masatoshi Fukura
TEPCO
Takeyuki Inagaki
TEPCO
Naoto Kan
Former Prime Minister of Japan
David Lochbaum
Union of Concerned Scientists
Naohiro Masuda
TEPCO
Takaki Mishima
TEPCO
Yutaka Miyazawa
TEPCO
Carl Pillitteri
Nuclear Reactor Technician
Yukio Takayama
Tokyo Fire Department
Masao Yoshida
TEPCO

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