The cause of the accident at the Fukushima-1 was the human factor — report

The cause of the accident at the nuclear power plant "Fukushima-1" in Japan was not a natural disaster — the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, and technical errors of the operator station and controls, such findings are contained in the final report of the parliamentary commission investigating the causes of the accident.

"It is clear that the cause of the accident was not a natural disaster as such, but the mistakes made by man," — said the commission's report, presented to Parliament on Thursday.

The Commission pointed out that neither the operator of Thurso, or public institutions that monitor the activities of energy companies in the nuclear field, not thought through and were not ready "for the damage from the earthquake and tsunami in a serious man-made disaster, the need to ensure and guarantee the safety of population. "

Subjected to criticism and activities of former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who did not trust the company Thurso, constantly interfered with the process of elimination, requiring reports and further elaboration. His intervention "caused chaos in the management and staff teams," according to the commission.

In preparing the report, the Commission has used surveys and questionnaires are 13,000 people, including 1,100 from the former leadership of the country and of Thurso.

In March of last year because of the tsunami, the height of which was three times higher than expected, down came the cooling system at the plant "Fukushima-1". The accident was the largest in the world over the past 25 years after the Chernobyl accident. There have been numerous leaks of radiation into the atmosphere and sea water. From the area within 20 kilometers of the plant were evacuated 140,000 people. A number of areas of high levels of contamination is expected to be declared unfit for human habitation. Complete elimination of the accident, including the dismantling of the reactors, will take about 40 years.

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