Nuclear agency, TEPCO knew tsunami could trigger power loss in 2006

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11:16 16.05.2012
text: Kazinform
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The government's nuclear safety agency and Tokyo Electric Power Co. as of 2006 had acknowledged the risk of a tsunami-triggered power loss at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, agency officials said Tuesday.

According to the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency officials, the awareness was shared at a study session that was launched in response to the 2004 Sumatra quake and tsunami in Indonesia and joined by several utilities, Kyodo reports.

A paper compiled in August 2006 suggested that participants recognized that ''there is a possibility that power equipment could lose functions if a 14-meter-high tsunami hits the Fukushima plant, with seawater flowing inside the (reactor) turbine buildings.''