The March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami created a humanitarian and material disaster in northeastern Japan. These natural events caused extensive damage to coastal communities in Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefecture and were responsible for about 15,900 deaths and 2,600 missing persons untold human suffering, especially of injured and displaced persons; and physical infrastructure losses exceeding $200 billion. The earthquake and tsunami were also responsible for initiating a severe nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Stat located in east-central Fukushima Prefecture about 180 km southwest of the earthquake hypocenter. The accident was rated as a Level 7 (major accident) event on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale of the International Atomic Energy Agency, on par with the 1986 Chernobyl accident. However, releases of radioactive material to the atmosphere (mainly noble gases, iodine-131, and cesium-134/cesium-137) from the Fukushima Daiichi accident were less than 15 percent of the Chernobyl releases. The symposium will focus on the lessons learned from the accident (by the nuclear industry and the regulators) and on restoration actions at the accident site.


Invitez at the Hospitality Campus (ROC Mondriaan International Hotel and Management School)
Koningin Marialaan 9
2595 GA Den Haag


13:30 - 14:00 Reception
14:00 - 15:15 Two speakers
15:15 - 15:30 Break
15:30 - 17:00 Two speakers
17:00 - 18:30 Networking drink


Jan Bens (B, former WANO and FANC): Some personal thoughts about the Fukushima accident and its consequences.

G. Schwartz, (CH, ENSI): G. Schwartz, (CH, ENSI): Nuclear regulatory actions following the Fukushima accident (working title).

Dr Christina P. Tanzi (NL, RIVM): The Fukushima accident and an example of a restoration counter measure (working title).

Mystery guest WANO: Lessons learned of the Fukushima accident (working title).