An investigation has revealed that although Japan’s hi-tech radiation forecasting system was working during the Fukushima accident, the detailed reports sent to the nuclear safety agency never went any further.
Neither the national government or local authorities saw any of the data coming from the multi-million SPEEDI system, with the result, for example, that not only was a primary school directly in the radioactive plume’s path not evacuated, but it was actually used as a refugee centre. As many other nations use similar systems there are lessons to be learned.
“It’s all a lie when the government says they did not go public with the information on radiation because they had no idea how much had been released,” said the Mayor of Namie, Tamotsu Baba.
However residents of areas on the fringes of the 20 kilometre exclusion zone around the plant, some 58,000 people, are being told they no longer need to maintain a state of readiness for immediate evacuation. Around 80,000 people were forced to leave their homes after the reactor meltdown.