Meltdown: The Nuclear Disaster in Japan and
Our Energy Future
by Dr. Fred Bortz
I wrote this book in the spring and summer of 2011, only months after the Great
Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami. That means I had to rely on newspapers and magazines,
mostly online, for information. I subscribe to New Scientist and Science News
magazines. Both of those are known for excellent journalism that goes into greater science
and engineering detail than most daily newspapers. They were valuable sources
for understanding what happened during the earthquake and tsunami and what was
happening at Fukushima.
I especially wanted information directly from Japan, but I do not speak Japanese.
So I was delighted to discover the English-language Japan Times website. I scanned its daily headlines from March 12, 2011, forward. I read
every article about the event and paid special attention to the news from Fukushima.
Its news coverage was balanced, its editorials were thoughtful, and its letters from
readers reflected a variety of viewpoints.
One of the Japan Times articles led me to a collection of personal experiences during
the earthquake in an e-book called 2:46 Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake
written by the Quakebook Community. It is now also available as a paperback.
I get a daily e-mail with links to science news stories from Sigma Xi, the Scientific
Research Society, plus occasional pointers to news articles from friends who
know what I am writing. Many useful links arrived just in time to help me shape my
Finally, the Wikipedia online encyclopedia is a useful place to look for information
on developing news stories, but it is not completely trustworthy. I never used its information
directly, but its footnotes and links helped me find sources that I could verify.
Just as I did not rely on only one source in writing this book, readers should go
beyond this book to understand the events of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami
and the meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi. And since news is always changing, I
have created a page on my website where you can find the latest information, including links to news and information sites.
—Fred Bortz, Monroeville, PA, August 2011
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