The unfolding disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant follows decades of falsified safety reports, fatal accidents and underestimated earthquake risk in Japan’s atomic power industry.
Nuclear engineers and academics who have worked in Japan’s atomic power industry spoke in interviews of a history of accidents, faked reports and inaction by a succession of Liberal Democratic Party governments that ran Japan for nearly all of the postwar period.
The article highlights events where there has been cover-ups, falsified repair reports, and incorrect surveys on earthquake fault lines.
There are also details of how Fukushima Nuclear Facility failed. The plant withstood the earthquake, but the power and back-up generators (positioned in a basement??) failed – which meant the ability to pump water to cool the atomic core was absent. That lead to the explosions that took out the walls around the reactors.