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How Fukushima Changed Attitudes To Nuclear Power

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March 12, 2014 AT 4:54 AM
It's been three years since Japan was hit with its worst-ever earthquake , causing serious damage to Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The 9 magnitude quake and subsequent tsunami sent three of Fukushima's reactors into melt-down, shocking the world. As a result, many countries decided to review their energy policies. Before the accident, 442 nuclear power reactors in 30 countries produced 14% of all world's electricity. After the Fukushima disaster, Japan pulled back its nuclear ambitions, ordered large-scale inspections and introduced new safety regulations. Switzerland adopted a similar approach when the government decided not to build any new reactors and phase out its nuclear production by 2034. But not all countries got scared. Both France, which has the world's highest share of nuclear power for its electricity production, and the U.S., the world's largest producer, reaffirmed their positions on the power source. Both countries continue to invest heavily into safety improvements.