Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Japan, the United Nations: "underestimated tsunami risk in the management of nuclear power plants"

The reaction of Japan to 'incident in central Fukushima was "exemplary." But the authorities "have apparently underestimated" the risk of a tsunami in the design and operation of nuclear plants. This is the conclusion of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), already shown in a report handed to the government in Tokyo.

A committee of eighteen UN experts, led by Mike Weightman, according to which it is urgent that the authorities nipponiche put in place a new regulation that takes into account the risk of all natural disasters and is "periodically updated". To anticipate the summary of the report is the Japanese agency Kyodo.

Underestimated the risk of a tsunami from Japan is different of the 54 nuclear power plants scattered throughout the region, the UN atomic agency says the team. Not only then Fukushima, where a tidal wave on March 11 to 15 feet - caused by a severe earthquake of magnitude 9.0 - caused damage to the structure and radioactive fuorisuscite not yet fully resolved.

"The road map for the safety of the damaged reactor - reads a passage from the abstract - it is important and well known: it will need to change if new circumstances arise, including through international cooperation." The summary of three pages on the inspection started a week ago and handed over to the Tokyo government, the IAEA calls for the creation of "an emergency center more effective" against accidents.

For the agency, the "system designer and operators must properly assess and provide protection against all risks associated with natural hazards." An act necessary to protect the health of workers Nipponese. The full report will be presented in Vienna at a meeting scheduled for the second half of June.

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