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The Physics and Chemistry of the Nuclear Disaster at Fukushima

Saturday, May 28, 2011 @ 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Featured Speaker: Lee G. Sobotka, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Chemistry and Physics, Washington University in St. Louis

On March 11, Japan received two insults from mother nature: an earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale and a tsunami measuring over 40 feet. As the primary and main back-up safety systems at the first (Dai-ichi) nuclear power station in Fukushima failed to keep three reactors and at least one spent fuel pond cool, a man-made nuclear disaster ensued. Washington University Chemistry and Physics Professor, Lee Sobotka, covers the physical science issues and presents the chemistry and physics of this third disaster. Learn how power plants are supposed to work, what went wrong and what must be done to mitigate the toxic and lethal consequences of this still unfolding tragedy.

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Parking in Washington University Lots or metered on Brookings Drive

Space is limited.

Washington University in St. Louis

Crow Hall, Room 201

One Brookings Drive

St. Louis, MO 63130

(east end of campus directly north of Brookings Hall)

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Saturday, May 28, 2011
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
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