Thursday, August 25, 2011

NHK: Tepco Executive Knew About Tsunami Predictions
[Excerpted] The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says a top executive knew about a simulation 3 years ago suggesting that a tsunami over 10 meters high could hit the plant in the event of a major earthquake.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company said at a news conference on Thursday that then-senior vice president Ichiro Takekuro was briefed about the simulation results conducted in the spring of 2008. The plant was designed to withstand a tsunami only up to 5.7 meters high.....

A spokesperson of the utility said it did not publicize the results because they were based on a hypothetical situation.

On Thursday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said he'd been told that Tokyo Electric knew in 2008 about the possibility of a major tsunami.

Edano said it's extremely regrettable that the utility did not act on the simulation results and beef up the plant when it had plenty of time to do so.

He also said it's regrettable that the firm did not provide the information until it was forced to do so because of a government probe.

Thursday, August 25, 2011 17:34 +0900 (JST)


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