CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Investigation: Warnings of radiation leaks ignored in Japan

08-10-2011 10:39 BJT Special Report:9.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Japan |

Watch Video

Play Video

It has emerged that Japan's system to forecast radiation threats was working from the moment its nuclear crisis began. This was revealed in an investigation conducted by the Associated Press.

The investigation raises further questions over the authorities' handling of the crisis.

Reports from the forecast system were sent to Japan's nuclear safety agency, but the flow of data stopped there. Prime Minister Naoto Kan and others involved in declaring evacuation areas never saw the reports, and neither did local authorities.

This resulted in thousands of people staying for days in areas that the system had identified as high-risk. The investigation indicated that the government's use of the forecast data was hamstrung by communication breakdowns and the lack of even a basic understanding of the system at the highest levels.

The forecast system has radiation monitoring posts nationwide. It is able to create a hazard map when the amount of leaked radioactivity is entered, along with weather and terrain data.

That technique allowed it to produce reports hours before officials began venting disabled reactors.

 

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program