Japan underestimated Tsunami threat

Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Authorities in Japan may have underestimated the risk posed by a tsunami on the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). 

The damage to the plant described as the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl was caused by a devastating tsunami wave triggered by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake. 

Daniel Dickinson reports. 

A report by a team of international nuclear safety experts from the IAEA says the tsunami hazard for several sites in north-east Japan was underestimated.  

The team is calling for a thorough review of nuclear safety standards to prevent the occurrence of a similar accident.  

The report however praises Japan's response to the nuclear calling the evacuation of the area around the stricken reactors "impressive and well organized." 

The March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami killed over 15,000 people, nearly 9,000 still remain unaccounted for. 

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations. 

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