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Fukushima Operator Admits It Didn’t Reveal Meltdown

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The operator of Japan’s Fukushima power plant has apologized for not announcing its nuclear reactors were in meltdown for months after a huge earthquake and tsunami devastated the facility five years ago.

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) denied for two months after the disaster that a meltdown had taken place. It said officials didn’t know the company’s manual contained a section for determining if a meltdown is underway.

“We deeply apologize for failing to sufficiently check our manual and for mistakenly explaining that there was no evidence to determine that there was a meltdown,” TEPCO said in its statement on Wednesday.

The operator apologized repeatedly after three reactors at its Fukushima Dai-ichi plant had meltdowns when a magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami hit northeast Japan on March 11. The disaster triggered massive radiation leaks that forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate.

TEPCO said that after reviewing their company manual its officials realized that if a reactor core was more than 5 percent damaged, the incident should be immediately declared a meltdown.

Image: The No. 3 reactor building at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant
A worker wearing a protective suit walks by the No. 3 reactor building at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant on Feb. 10. Toru Hanai / Pool Photo via AP

Three days after the earthquake and tsunami, the monitoring system at the plant indicated that Reactor Unit No. 1 was 55 percent damaged, while Reactor Unit No. 3 was 30 percent damaged. Reactor 2 was discovered to be 35 percent damaged on March 15, said Satoshi Togawa, a spokesman for the company said on Thursday.

NBCNews



7 Comments on "Fukushima Operator Admits It Didn’t Reveal Meltdown"

  1. Nony on Fri, 26th Feb 2016 9:12 pm 

    This sounds like semantic arguments. I think everyone knew that the reactors were damaged in days after the event. What we classify as “meltdown” is kind of just words. What matters is:
    *has the fuel cladding been breached
    *has the pressure vessel been breached

  2. peakyeast on Sat, 27th Feb 2016 7:15 am 

    The pressure vehicle was ruptured when the explosion of hydrogen took place. If I remember correctly that was very soon in the process and visible for miles away.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbBk0Y6cQZQ

  3. Kenz300 on Sat, 27th Feb 2016 10:03 am 

    Wind and solar power are safer, cleaner and cheaper…..

    How much will it cost to store the nuclear waste from all the worlds reactors FOREVER?

  4. penury on Sat, 27th Feb 2016 10:41 am 

    I think that the latest report indicated two core melt downs with the fuel having melted thru the containment. The fact that TEPCO kept it a secret does not mitigate the lies, half truths, total distortions and lacki of information by the Western Govs.

  5. shortonoil on Sat, 27th Feb 2016 4:28 pm 

    The NRC was totally complicit in the entire cover up, even through it was known that the prevailing wind patterns were sure to bring the fall out to the West Coast. It is government that you can trust, owned by the industries that they regulate!

  6. joe on Sun, 28th Feb 2016 4:26 am 

    Yeah, i remember that. I remember not one serious person believed them either. It was exactly the same denial the USSR issued when Chernoble went boom. To fair, there was nothing they could have done to stop it. To avoid mass panic they said somthing that the Japanese people could self – delude about and pretend that they could be safe.
    Its a lie that we could use to offer hope to keep us calm like ‘global warming wont happen for decades’.
    Those people got microwaved and the cancer rates will spike, just to continue Japans unfortunate experience with nuclear technology. Very sad.

  7. Kenz300 on Sun, 28th Feb 2016 9:45 pm 

    Fukishima is still poisoning the land,air and WATER……….with no end in sight……..after five years no one can stop the contamination…….

    Now Japan is bringing other nuclear reactors back on line………..

    The nuclear industry and their political clout and money are more important then the people and the environment…….. Make money NOW and leave the mess for future generations to worry about and deal with………..

    Very sad that the world is so full of selfish and self centered greedy people that care nothing about the mess they are leaving for future generations……

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