'NOVA: Nuclear Meltdown Disaster'
(DVD / NR / 2015 / PBS)
Overview: Four years after one of history's worst nuclear accidents, NOVA reveals the minute-by-minute story of the Fukushima nuclear crisis and its ongoing aftermath, told by the brave workers who stayed behind as an earthquake and tsunami crippled the plant.
DVD Verdict: 'NOVA: Nuclear Meltdown Disaster' reveals the compelling minute-by-minute story of the Fukushima nuclear crisis - the one you know about, and the one you likely don't; the perilously close call at the other Fukushima nuclear power plant a few miles away from the meltdowns!
Four years after one of history’s worst nuclear accidents, NOVA brings us this highly indepth narration of the Fukushima nuclear crisis and its ongoing aftermath, told by the brave workers who stayed behind as an earthquake and tsunami crippled the plant.
With unprecedented access inside both plants, NOVA speaks with these very same workers who were there during the harrowing days of a crisis that began as a natural disaster, but was made worse by human beings!
Watching 'NOVA: Nuclear Meltdown Disaster,' I think one of the things Fukushima has taught us, I suppose, is that a (triple!) meltdown does NOT necessarily mean the end of the world! While the meltdowns represent a lamentable failure of safety culture and a significant loss of capital, the health and environmental consequences of the radiological emissions were in fact minor, as predicted by international nuclear engineering experts from the very beginning, and as eventually corroborated by the relevant WHO and UN agencies after exhaustive investigation.
Certainly, using those meltdowns as a political reason to shut down dozens of other nuclear power plants - even outside Japan - which were working just fine, and replacing their output with fossil fuels was a policy failure arguably far greater and certainly far more deadly and polluting than anything which happened at Fukushima. In closing, many crucial questions are asked, many variable answers are returned, but as TEPCO, the company that runs both plants, tries to clean up an unprecedented radioactive mess, NOVA (once again), brings us an incredible behind the scenes story that, just perhaps, you didn't quite know all the facts of after all. Well done PBS. Bravo! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.