01 Jun '11, 5am

Japan underestimated tsunami threat to nuclear plants, but had 'exemplary' disaster response: UN nuclear watchdog

Japan underestimated tsunami threat to nuclear plants, but had 'exemplary' disaster response: UN nuclear watchdog

An excavator is seen as waves hit a temporary breakwater at a port that was devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Miyako, Iwate prefecture. -- PHOTO: REUTERS TOKYO - THE UN nuclear watchdog on Wednesday said Japan underestimated the tsunami hazard to nuclear plants and that regulators must be independent but also praised the country's disaster response as 'exemplary'. 'The tsunami hazard for several sites was underestimated,' said an IAEA fact-finding mission in a report it handed to Japan's government. 'Nuclear plant designers and operators should appropriately evaluate and protect against the risks of all natural hazards, and should periodically update those assessments and assessment methodologies.' -- AFP

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