10 Aug '11, 4am

We in India, the world... We need to learn from #Fukushima . Japan ignored own radiation forecasts

NAMIE (Japan) - Japan's system to forecast radiation threats was working from the moment its nuclear crisis began in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Reports were sent to Japan's nuclear safety agency but the flow of data stopped there. Prime Minister Naoto Kan and others involved in declaring evacuation areas never saw the reports and neither did local authorities. Thousands of people stayed for days in areas that the system had identified as high-risk, an investigation has found. As officials planned a venting operation certain to release radioactivity into the air from the tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the system predicted that Karino Elementary School in Namie, just over 10km away, would be directly in the path of the emerging plume. But the prediction helped no one. Nobody acted on it. Namie's mayor said it took more than 24 hours for hi...

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