Japan earthquake: Japan warned over nuclear plants, WikiLeaks cables show
by Steven Swinford, and Christopher Hope

Japan was warned more than two years ago by the international nuclear watchdog that its nuclear power plants were not capable of withstanding powerful earthquakes, leaked diplomatic cables reveal.

An official from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in December 2008 that safety rules were out of date and strong earthquakes would pose a “serious problem” for nuclear power stations.

The Japanese government pledged to upgrade safety at all of its nuclear plants, but will now face inevitable questions over whether it did enough.
While it responded to the warnings by building an emergency response centre at the Fukushima plant, it was only designed to withstand magnitude 7.0 tremors. Friday’s devastating earthquake was a magnitude 9.0 shock.

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One Comment to “Japan warned over nuke plants/earthquakes in 2008, WikiLeaks cables show”

  • This is a great find—thanks

    This reminds me of what i thought last night while listening to an interview of a government expert.

    She was generally saying that they are safe, etc. Then, she just blurted out how the Japanese reactors had redundant mechanisms to insure safety, but all of them failed. The “redundancy” methods are what is presumed to insure the safety of reactors. She then said that theory has now been shown not to hold up.

    So, I am thinking that the science is too difficult for regular people to understand, and we have to rely on the good judgment of people like Bush, Chaney and Obama. Duke Power just gave the Democrats 10 million bucks for their convention. Half of their Carolina/Eastern power generation comes from nuclear reactors.

    I realized that the crisis of trust and corruption is what determines whether or not we should do more reactors. For sure, I do not know where to begin figuring out the science on this one, but I think I know what affects our leaders’ judgment.

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