Agency: Japan Underestimated Tsunami Risk at Fukushima Plant

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The International Atomic Energy Agency has released a preliminary report of its review of Japan’s handling of its nuclear crisis, concluding that regulators and Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) underestimated the risk a severe tsunami posed to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. (via Ecocentric)

The UN agency also noted that the plant’s backup power systems were not robust enough to withstand a disaster of the scale of March 11, and suggested, more broadly, the regulatory structure of Japan’s nuclear industry lacked independence.

Read more at Ecocentric.