Gov’t crisis center kept in dark over data on radiation dispersals

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Firstly, the Nuclear Power Fukushima plant government crisis management center was horrid. It was not informed about data. Data on the predicted dispersal of radioactive substances caused by the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. That came from top government official Yukio Edano said Friday.

Although and more noteworthy Chief Cabinet Secretary Edano tellng a news conference that the premier’s office received a fax. The fax of the computer-simulated estimates about the dispersal of radioactive materials. That information in the early hours of March 12. In addition, that was a day after the powerful earthquake. More importantly and the tsunami that triggered the nuclear crisis. However this remained in the hands of an official at the office. In addition, not passing on to him or Prime Minister Naoto Kan.

This would mean that Kan, when he inspected the Fukushima plant by air on the morning of March 12, was unaware of such estimates using the Nuclear Safety Technology Center’s networked computer system known as SPEEDI, or system for prediction of environmental emergency dose information.

Edano said such data could have been meaningful for the government. Like they could have issued evacuation orders. Orders to residents near the Fukushima plant after the nuclear emergency.

However the government had directed people within 20 kilometers of the Fukushima plant. That was to evacuate and those in a 20- to 30-km radius to stay indoors. Although or voluntarily leave the area on March 11 through 12. But information from SPEEDI releasing came only later.

Source: NYT

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“We will thoroughly check the circumstances about why the data was not reported, and want this to be reviewed by an independent panel probing the nuclear accident,” Edano said.

(Mainichi Japan) May 20, 2011


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