Fukushima flowers

 

Six years since the worst natural disaster of the decade – Fukushima. The most extreme fears of nuclear meltdown did not materialise. Still, a number of silver linings have emerged from even this tragedy. For starters, it expanded the boundaries of thinking about “black swan” worst case possibilities for designers and regulators. Subsequent reviews of nuclear facilities around the world have uncovered flooding vulnerabilities that escaped previous inspections. While the costs of clean up, recovery and lingering radiation continue to be borne, also consider the potential disasters averted and lives saved from the lessons of this cruel classroom.

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