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Fukushima: Is Nuclear Power Safe?

Episode 6 of 15

Topical science series. Six months after the explosions at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, Professor Jim Al-Khalili sets out to discover whether nuclear power is safe.

Six months after the explosions at the Fukushima nuclear plant and the release of radiation there, Professor Jim Al-Khalili sets out to discover whether nuclear power is safe.

He begins in Japan, where he meets some of the tens of thousands of people who have been evacuated from the exclusion zone. He travels to an abandoned village just outside the zone to witness a nuclear clean-up operation.

Jim draws on the latest scientific findings from Japan and from the previous explosion at Chernobyl to understand how dangerous the release of radiation is likely to be and what that means for our trust in nuclear power.

1 hour

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Jim Al-Khalili
Producer Annabel Gillings
Director Annabel Gillings
Series Editor Aidan Laverty

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