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Seismic Expert Explains Work in U.S. Nuclear Industry, Lessons From Japan via Nuclear Energy Institute

Q: You visited the Fukushima Daini facility after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Tell us about your experience and some of the important lessons you learned.

Richards: The plant’s operator, TEPCO, asked EPRI to coordinate a team to inspect Fukushima Daini for earthquake and tsunami damage and to discuss with them their plans for improving the plant in the future. Our team inspected several buildings and evaluated a broad range of mechanical and electrical equipment, including pumps, motors, valves, tanks, batteries, transformers, switchgear, heat exchanges, fans and electrical distribution panels.  Following this comprehensive review, we concluded the earthquake didn’t damage any safety-related structures, systems or components.

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