Understanding the Nuclear Emergency in Japan


Above Left: the damaged Fukushima nuclear complex.  Right: Engineering Physics Dept. Chair Michael Corradini explains the design of Fukushima’s Mark I reactor units at the WID Town Hall Forum on March 22.
At least 4 of the 6 reactor units at the site are permanently damaged.

View video of the Forum event.

Forum took place:
Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 3:00pm
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
Randall Ave. and University Ave

This panel discussion will provide a technical and medical background to the emerging situation at Japan’s damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Experts in nuclear engineering and medical physics will describe the chain of events that led to damage at the nuclear plant and what the risks are to public health of radiation releases.

UW-Madison’s student newspaper, The Daily Cardinal, covered the event:
full article here

Three UW-Madison science professors explained technical and public health aspects of Japan’s current nuclear crisis resulting from the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that recently devastated the country as part of a panel at the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery Tuesday.

The March 11 earthquake seriously damaged the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. After the subsequent tsunami hit, flood waters caused three nuclear reactors to fail and melt down, which ultimately led to the explosion of four of the plant’s six nuclear reactors.

Bryan Bednarz, an associate professor in the Engineering Physics Department, said while some areas north of the plant measured significantly higher radiation levels than the rest of the country, “the risk to the general population is extremely low.”

The presentation slides from the forum are available in two parts: Part 1Part 2



Understanding the Nuclear Emergency in Japan

A panel discussion featuring experts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



Michael Corradini, Professor and Chair of Engineering Physics Dept.

Paul Wilson,
Associate Professor in Engineering Physics

Bryan Bednarz, Assistant Professor in Medical Physics

Webcast Video

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