Environmental Health & Safety

Japan's Reactor Crisis

Japan's Reactor Crisis


On March 11, 2011 a massive earthquake and tsunami knocked out power at a facility in Japan, disabling its cooling systems. Workers work to cool the nuclear cores of three reactors, and there were concerns about overheating in pools where spent nuclear fuel rods cool.


We are monitoring this situation very carefully. Our primary focus at this point is to assist our students and faculty that are in Japan. We are currently working with experts in this field regarding concerns both here and in Japan. The situation remains very fluid. The California Department of Public Health is also monitoring the situation; we recommend that you visit their website for the latest information.

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For credible information about radiation and the events in Japan, refer to:

Health Physics Society
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
International Atomic Energy Agency
World Health Organization
American Nuclear Society
International Radiation Protection Association
National Academy of Sciences
Nuclear Energy Agency

Here's a visual guide to what's going inside the reactors.


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