Heck, never mind modern reactors. look at the fukushima reactor. despite using one of the worst technologies of the era/generation, it still survived the disaster damn well. A modern reactor of course would have handled it much better down to probably no issues at all except an automatic shutdown.
as it is today, unless you have the capabilities for major hydro plants, then nuclear is the best. even compared to hydro nuclear might be better since hydro has a very big footprint and impact on nature.
I never understood why they rated Fukushima 7 on INES. Okay, it did spread some radiation but it's nothing compared to Chernobyl which is also a 7.
And we have to add into account that Japan were playing with the devil because it's an older plant than Chernobyl and stands in a earthquake/tsunami zone.