Sunday, March 11, 2012


Bortz, Alfred B. Meltdown: The Nuclear Disaster in Japan and Our Energy Future.
The Great Tohuku Earthquake occurred a year ago today. It led to a tsunami that devastated Japan, and also to considerable damage at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. This damage resulted in radiation leaks that caused huge areas to be evacuated. This book does a great job at covering the events that occurred, what the result of those events were, and how the failure of this plant to withstand a natural disaster has implications on the types of energy that we use. There is a chapter that covers failures at other energy plants, notably Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. Plentiful illustrations, maps and sidebars make this an especially valuable addition to a nonfiction collection.


  1. Thanks for your review on this anniversary.

    The maps and other information are excellent resources.

  2. What do you think about middle grade fiction (tastefully done) concerning this tragedy? Would kids be interested? Are kids turned off by the nuclear meltdown part? Thanks.