NYT: Top Japan official warned of demonic chain reaction after Daiichi meltdowns — We would lose Fukushima Daini, then we would lose Tokai — We would also lose Tokyo itself

Published: February 27th, 2012 at 3:27 pm ET
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Title: Nuclear Crisis Set Off Fears Over Tokyo, Report Says
Source: New York Times
Author: Martin Fackler
Date: Feb. 27, 2012

an independent investigation into the accident [...] by the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation, a newly created private policy organization, offered one of the most vivid accounts yet of how Japan teetered on the edge of an even larger nuclear crisis than the one that actually engulfed the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. A team of 30 university professors, lawyers and journalists spent more than six months on an inquiry into Japan’s response to the triple meltdown at the plan [...]

[...] as a series of hydrogen explosions rocked the plant on March 14 and 15 [...] Mr. Kan and other officials began discussing a worst-case scenario of an evacuation of workers at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. This would allow the plant to spiral out of control, releasing even larger amounts of radioactive material into the atmosphere that would in turn force the evacuation of other nearby nuclear plants, causing further meltdowns.

The report quoted one top official, then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano, as having warned that this “demonic chain reaction” of plant meltdowns could have resulted in the evacuation of Tokyo, 150 miles to the south.

“We would lose Fukushima Daini, then we would lose Tokai,” Mr. Edano was quoted as saying, naming two other nuclear plants. “If that happened, it was only logical to conclude that we would also lose Tokyo itself.” [...]

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Published: February 27th, 2012 at 3:27 pm ET
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