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Fukushima accident preventable

In the aftermath of fact-finding missions carried out by Japanese authorities, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other nuclear safety bodies, it appears likely that the March 2011 nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant could have been avoided.

Although the Japanese government and nuclear industry have not formally acknowledged this, Japan’s reactor owners and oversight bodies have responded to the accident by preparing to implement safety enhancements at the country’s nuclear power plants, which, had they been in place at Fukushima at the time of the disaster, would have prevented the accident. Internationally, government agencies regulating more than 400 nuclear reactors worldwide have sought to uncover any vulnerabilities to externally caused events that might result in a similar catastrophe.


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