Japan underestimated tsunami hazard for nuclear power plants

Japan underestimated tsunami hazard for nuclear power plants

Japanese authorities underestimated the tsunami hazard for its nuclear power plants, according to Reuters, citing a report of the IAEA experts, on a visit to Japan.

On it informs RIA "Novosti".

According to the newspaper VIEW, March 11 in Japan, there was the strongest in the history of the country's 9.0-magnitude earthquake. The earthquake moved the island of Honshu by 2.4 meters, reduced terrestrial day by 1.6 microseconds and shifted Earth's axis by about 15 centimeters.

This was followed by a tsunami. According to the Institute of Geography of Japan, tsunami covered a total area of 561 sq. km, which corresponds to 90% of the 23 special districts that make up the core of Tokyo. More than half the flooded area, 327 square miles, were in Miyagi prefecture.

As a result of rampant disaster occurred accident at the plant "Fukushima-1" and "Fukushima-2."

Japanese Agency for Nuclear and Industrial Safety actually equated accident at the plant "Fukushima" to the Chernobyl tragedy, it was decided to raise the severity level of the accident at the "Fukushima-1" from the fifth to the maximum — six.

The maximum level of nuclear danger in the history of installed only once — during the Chernobyl accident in 1986.

The damage caused by rampant floods in Japan, according to the latest estimates, $ 300 billion.


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