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Undermining disaster: engineering and epistemological bias in the Fukushima nuclear crisis

Topics: Critical Manufacturing, Emergency Management, Energy,

This article explores the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, and the inaccurate assessments made by the engineers prompted by knowledge biases. It observes that the engineers and public initially believed the situation was not as severe as it appeared, while in reality the situation went beyond what was expected. It also delves into how the idea of robust engineering leads to exaggerations of the ability of nuclear reactors to handle external shocks.

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