Sunday, June 19, 2011

UN report shows weakness in Japan nuclear safety

Japanese officials did not conduct a review of measures taken after 2002 to protect the plant in Fukushima of possible tsunamis, and steps were insufficient to avoid the accident three months ago, said a UN report. A detailed assessment of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) suggests several shortcomings both before and after a tsunami which crippled the power station in March.

The full report of the IAEA said there was "insufficient defenses and in-depth forecasts" for tsunami hazards, although these had been considered in the design of the plant operated by Tokyo Electric Power Company.

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