Japan earthquake: Japan warned over nuclear plants, WikiLeaks cables show

Posted: March 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

All,

There should certainly be lots of heads rolling over this crisis, but it will remain to be seen how many actually will.  I have my doubts that anyone other than sacrificial lambs will get the axe.  The guilty are all part of Japan’s oligarchy, and that means impunity.

BREAKING: The U.S. embassy in Japan has just issued a Warden’s Message, advising U.S. citizens living within 50 miles of the plants to stay indoors and avoid outdoor activities and travel.

Scott

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Japan earthquake: Japan warned over nuclear plants, WikiLeaks cables show

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.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/8384059/Japan-earthquake-Japan-warned-over-nuclear-plants-WikiLeaks-cables-show.html

An official from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in December 2008 that safety rules were out of date and strong earthquakes would pose a “serious problem” for nuclear power stations.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

The news is likely to put further pressure on Japan’s Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, who has been criticised for “dithering” over the country’s response to the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Panic started to spread throughout Japan yesterday following the news that a third explosion at the plant might have damaged the protective casing around the reactor core, increasing the threat of radioactive leaks.

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