Japan Kept Worst-Case Nuclear Fears Under Wraps
Fukushima report warned that all of Tokyo might need to be evacuated
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 26, 2012 2:37 PM CST
This Nov. 12 photo shows a view of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Japan.   (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, Pool, File)

(Newser) – Japanese officials were told that last year's nuclear disaster could have required the evacuation of tens of millions—but they didn't mention it, worried that the information might cause a panic. A 15-page report, given to the prime minister two weeks after the earthquake, was obtained by the AP and Japanese media. It says that meltdowns could cause vast amounts of radiation and necessitate the evacuation of homes within at least a 105-mile radius of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant.

That would have meant emptying Tokyo of its 35 million residents, plus more than a million others from surrounding areas. "We cannot rule out further developments that may lead to an unpredictable situation at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant," the report said, noting that the area might remain dangerous for "several decades." Despite the report, officials said residents need not fear larger evacuations. One noted that "it was a scenario based on hypothesis, and even in the event of such a development, we were told that residents would have enough time to evacuate."

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Jan 26, 2012 10:45 PM CST
What the hell is this?! http://sherriequestioningall.blogspot.com/2012/01/multiple-earthquakes-at-fukushima-are.html Um, kinda seems like the fuel they expected to find in the reactors, which they didn't because it melted through down below, is now possibly hitting aquifers under the plant and causing explosions underground which are being mistaken for earthquakes. Holy shit.
Jan 26, 2012 7:25 PM CST
We still have not learned the true cost of nuclear power. When we abandon a city the size of Tokyo or New York, then we can start calculating the true risk/reward and amortize those costs over all the nuclear power plants we build.
Jan 26, 2012 3:31 PM CST
OR they could have had proper back up power from other sites and proper Generators NOT in basements where they could be flooded. But hey, the idiot managers running the meetings find stuff like that boring after their whores and saki.