Lessons from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, then you undoubtedly know that Japan was rocked a few days ago by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake (the 3rd largest in the past decade and top 10 overall – also check out the NYT’s before & after shots) and a subsequent tsunami that exponentially compounded the ill effects of the disaster. Coming out of that incident, one of the most hyped “news” items has been the aftermath at the Fukushima nuclear power generation facility. It turns out (unsurprisingly) that much of this coverage has been faulty, inappropriately throwing around talk of “melt downs” when, in fact, things are under control.
For a great, detailed description of the entire incident, check out Barry Brook’s post “Fukushima Nuclear Accident – a simple and accurate explanation” over on the Brave New Climate blog. It’s an excellent discussion of the accident, which highlights several poignant points that can be directly applied to information security and information risk management (also see this post, which dispels one inaccuracy in Brook’s post – that there is not, in fact, a “core catcher” installed – and provides even greater assurance that things are well in-hand).
Specifically, there are 5 take-away points to consider: