Feb. 1, 2023

17: Fukushima nuclear disaster

17: Fukushima nuclear disaster

It was believed that an accident like Chernobyl couldn’t happen in Japan. While the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, did not believe an event like Chernobyl could happen at one of their power plants, the earthquake and tsunami were greater than anyone expected them to be. However, even before that natural disaster, there had been warning signs of what could come.

Thirteen years before the disaster, a TEPCO employee noted a crack along one of the reactors at Fukushima. When reported, TEPCO attempted to conceal the evidence. However, when the employee reported his findings to the government, who ordered TEPCO to correct the issue. Instead, the employee was fired.

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