MARIETTA, Ga., Dec. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- On March 11, 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake (a magnitude 9.0 earthquake just off the coast of Japan) spawned a 45-foot-high tsunami propelling the Pacific Ocean to inundate the region of Fukushima, where three reactors of a nuclear power plant sat virtually unprotected. The tsunami flooded the reactors, knocking out the plant's power, causing a chain reaction that led to the meltdown of three nuclear reactor cores. The result was an unimaginable nuclear disaster. A new book by Dr. Chuck Casto, Station Blackout: Inside the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and Recovery detailing the world's response releases today.
Dr. Charles (Chuck) Casto has 45 years of experience in the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the commercial nuclear industry, and the US Air Force. He was honored as a Distinguished Executive in 2012 by President Obama, and in 2008 by President George W. Bush with the Meritorious Rank Award.
Station Blackout is the only account by an on-the-ground expert involved with the official response to the unprecedented catastrophe in Japan. Casto shares what happened in real time as the person in charge of the US team at the request of the Japanese government to provide technical expertise and help develop a response to the disaster.
"I saw the heroism of the individuals inside that plant firsthand. Their courage, knowledge, and readiness to remain in place under harrowing conditions saved much more than just the plant itself," Casto said. "If certain players had not acted as they did at just the right moments, the devastation would have been many times worse."
In Station Blackout, Casto dissects complex problems and translates technical jargon into language the average person can understand. The book is a play-by-play account of the Fukushima disaster, but it also serves emergency managers with crisis leadership advice which applies to disasters of all sorts.
Station Blackout is available at Amazon, as well as from booksellers across the country in hardcover, Kindle and EPub. The audiobook is scheduled for release later in 2019.
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