Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering briefing on the Japan nuclear crisis

In the aftermath of Japan's earthquake and tsunami, reliable technical information about the crisis affecting the nuclear power plants at Fukushima has been difficult to discern from the media coverage. The demand to know what is happening, however, is very great.

At 4 p.m. on March 15 in 10-250, the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering is holding an information session for the MIT community about the current situation at Fukushima.

Topics for discussion will include: the characteristics of the boiling water reactors at Fukushima; the possible causes of the accidents; the current status of the reactors; the technical options that may now be available to the reactor operators; and the possible future implications. The event will include a panel of experts and will be moderated by Department Head Richard Lester.

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