This year I took a course called Modern Physics, which was infamous for being the most difficult course my high school had to offer. For the second’s term final, we had to do a seminar on a topic of our own choosing and mine was “Nuclear Power Accidents and Safety”. I’m from Turkey, and currently two nuclear power plants are under construction. When the news first broke in 2010, I, with the rest of the public, was quite concerned for our safety. For me nuclear power was Chernobyl, and Chernobyl was horrible. However, doing this project made me realize that it wasn’t a black-and-white issue. There are a lot of grey areas and misconceptions when it comes to Nuclear Power. Especially looking at the behind the scenes of the accidents are quite interesting in terms of seeing how small, careless mistakes can escalate into huge disasters. During my presentation I analysed three specific events which are the Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima disaster. Of course, before starting talking about them I have to briefly explain how nuclear plants operate and some basics. So, below is the general flow. I’ll update this post with links and edits as I write the series.
- Nuclear Power Plants and the Essentials
- Three Mile Island
- Conclusion and the Future of Nuclear Energy