The Biggest Energy Story of 2011, IEEE Spectrum, Jan. 2, 2012 [Emphasis Added]:
This one is not a tough call: The Fukushima nuclear catastrophe was hands-down the major energy event of 2011.
Two aspects of the disaster were particularly devastating. First, its unprecedented scope–three reactor partial meltdowns [IEEE's reporting contradicts the 'partial' assertion], two hydrogen explosions [Japan says three hydrogen explosions occurred at Units 1, 3, and 4 -- though some officials investigating the accident believe a nuclear explosion may have occurred at No. 3] that destroyed outer containment buildings, and a raging fire in a spent-fuel pond–all providing vivid television images of a situation utterly beyond human control. [...]
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Published: January 2nd, 2012 at 2:52 pm ET