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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 12:21 PM
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Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant operator 'ignored tsunami warning'
Source: The Guardian

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant ignored warnings that the complex was at risk of damage from a tsunami of the size that hit north-east Japan in March, and dismissed the need for better protection against seawater flooding, according to reports.

Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) officials rejected "unrealistic" estimates made in a 2008 internal report that the plant could be threatened by a tsunami of up to 10.2 metres, Kyodo news agency said.

The tsunami that crippled backup power supplies at the plant on the afternoon of 11 March, leading to the meltdown of three reactors, was more than 14 metres high.

Evidence that the utility was unprepared for the tsunami, despite previous warnings, came as the firm announced that the manager of the Fukushima plant, Masao Yoshida, was being treated for an unspecified illness and would leave his post on Thursday.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/29/fukushima-d...
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 01:30 PM
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1. You get what you pay for. And the world is now paying. nt
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okieinpain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 03:37 PM
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2. agree 1000%. that money he tought would be a waste for the
company is now a drop in the ocean for what they will have to pay.
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