TEPCO procrastinated even after tsunami threat shown
This seawater pump for the No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant was damaged by the March 11 tsunami. (Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
In March 2002, Tokyo Electric Power Co. revised upward the height of potential tsunami and took precautionary measures at its nuclear plants. The new maximum height was 5.7...
Mars project crew 'returns' to Earth after 500 days
A researcher monitors Mars500 crew members and the isolation facility through a remote camera at the Institute of Medical and Biological Problems at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
MOSCOW--Boredom from repetition and fatigue will be two obstacles on future missions to Mars, according to the Mars500 project, a joint experiment by Russia, the European Space ...
Researcher says 4 quakes could trigger huge tsunami
Records show that tsunami caused by the 1707 Hoei earthquake, which involved three simultaneous temblors, reached near the top of these stairs in Saeki, Oita Prefecture. A recent study has found that tsunami caused by four earthquakes occurring at the same time would measure nearly twice the height of the 18th century disaster. (Asahi Shimbun)
In a terrifying scenario where four massive earthquakes strike in conjunction along the ocean trench from off the Tokai region to Shikoku, a 20-meter tsunami in Kochi...
Foreign ministry simulated nuke plant disaster in 1984
The Asahi Shimbun
The Foreign Ministry had simulated a possible attack on nuclear plants in 1984 that included a scenario in which all power sources were lost--as occurred at the Fukushima No. 1 ...
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