Atomic Power And Nuclear Power

1760 Words Apr 27th, 2015 8 Pages
Japan, because it is an island nation, possesses few natural resources and even fewer sources of fuel and energy (Nuclear Power in Japan, April 2015). As a result, Japan depends on nuclear power to sustain electricity for the 127.3 million people living there (Japan Population, 2015). Nuclear power plants like the Fukushima Daiichi plant in the towns of Futaba and Ohkuma, Japan produced substantial electricity for surrounding areas (Nuclear / TEPCO Power Plants, n.d.) and was one of the largest and most productive nuclear power plants in the world. Yet, in March 2011, a tsunami deactivated and triggered the meltdown of this massive plant, causing devastation for everything in the vicinity. Inhabitants of Japan began to express concerns regarding the potential dangers of nuclear power and whether it should be as widely utilized as it is (Nuclear Power in Japan, April 2015). Although people are concerned for the reliability and safety of nuclear power, Japan needs nuclear power in order to maintain partial independence from foreign countries regarding energy imports and eliminating nuclear power will drastically impact the energy efficiency of Japan.
With six nuclear reactors and a net capacity output of around 4,696 megawatts, the Fukushima Daiichi power plant chiefly supplied electricity to the Fukushima prefecture on Honshu, the largest island of the Japanese archipelago (Nuclear / TEPCO Power Plants, n.d.). To produce such large amounts of energy, this power plant…
Open Document