Station Blackout

Inside the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and Recovery

Charles A. Casto

Station Blackout, by Charles Casto, is the gripping account of the Fukushima disaster. Significantly, the person telling the story is the foremost authority on responding to nuclear disasters. After all, he spent his entire career as an expert in nuclear engineering. Way back in 1979, early in his career, he helped the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania respond to the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster.

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit eastern Japan. Shortly thereafter, a tsunami 45-feet high engulfed the coastal nuclear power plant known as Fukushima Daiichi. Along with swamping the plant, the tsunami knocked out electrical power and all the reactors’ safety systems. As a result, three reactor cores experienced meltdowns in the first three days. Ultimately, the release of nuclear material led to an unimaginable disaster. Thankfully, the person the Tokyo Electric Power Company called for help was Dr. Chuck Casto.

In the book, Casto recounts how he led the collaborative team of Japanese and American experts that faced the challenges of Fukushima. Without doubt, this was the single most devastating nuclear disaster any of them had faced. Throughout this collaboration, however, he called on his lifetime of managing extreme crises. Likewise, the lessons learned from Fukushima apply to any crisis situation, no matter the industry or business.

 

Radius is an incredibly helpful publisher. Their team helped me through a very complex project. This was my first book and I took on a huge subject, the Fukushima nuclear accident. The Radius team added tremendous value to the product. Bottom-line, I could not have finished the book without the help of Radius.

Chuck Casto