30 Mar '11, 4am

SPECIAL REPORT - Japan engineers knew tsunami could overwhelm Fukushima plant: TOKYO (Reute... - #Asia #China #News

TOKYO (Reuters) - Over the past two weeks, Japanese government officials and Tokyo Electric Power executives have repeatedly described the deadly combination of the most powerful quake in Japan's history and the massive tsunami that followed as "soteigai," or beyond expectations. When Tokyo Electric President Masataka Shimizu apologised to the people of Japan for the continuing crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant he called the double disaster "marvels of nature that we have never experienced before". But a review of company and regulatory records shows that Japan and its largest utility repeatedly downplayed dangers and ignored warnings -- including a 2007 tsunami study from Tokyo Electric Power Co's senior safety engineer. "We still have the possibilities that the tsunami height exceeds the determined design height due to the uncertainties regarding the tsunami ...

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