On March 11th 2011 the largest earthquake in the recorded history of Japan triggered a tsunami which killed nearly 16,000 people. The nuclear power station, Fukushima Daiichi was supposedly protected from earthquakes, but its 5.5 metre sea defences were overwhelmed by a 14 metre high wave. The earthquake knocked out the power supply to the station, and the tsunami destroyed all the backup generators. From that moment a brave group of workers at the plant desperately tried to cool the reactors and prevent an even worse disaster. As they searched in the dark through the wreckage they discovered that there was no emergency plan.
This AKT programme explores all the failures of emergency preparedness, regulation, safety leadership and culture which have been highlighted in the damning Japanese Government report into the disaster.