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On 11 March 2011, following a magnitude 9.0 undersea earthquake, a 15-metre tsunami disabled the power supply and cooling of several Fukushima Daiichi reactors.
Despite three reactors melting down at Fukushima, possibly the greatest risk was the lack of cooling to their fuel ponds, and particularly the fourth reactor which had recently been taken off line.
Mark Whitby, Chairman & Design Director at WME and ICE Past-President, presents a lecture on the only other Level 7 incident on the International Nuclear Event Scale besides Chernobyl a quarter of a century earlier.
This talk, drawn from a number of reports and first-hand accounts, will explain how this disaster unfolded, and how the engineers on the site ultimately rescued the situation.
Network from 18:00 for a 18:30 presentation start. Light refreshments provided. There is free parking available at the back of the office, accessible via 2 Upper Marlborough Road, St Albans.
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Mark is a prominent structural engineer and currently Chairman and Design Director at WME Consultants. Previously, he co-founded and led the consultancy firm Whitbybird until they were incorporated into Ramboll in 2007 when he became chairman and director of Ramboll Whitbybird.
Over a 40-year career, he has led design teams on such projects as the new Tate Modern and British Museum extensions in London, the 1982 British Antarctic Survey base, York and Lancaster Millennium Bridges, the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield, and British embassies in Sana'a, Dubai and Berlin.
Mark was President of the ICE in 2001/02 and is a Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineers.