Jan. 5 (UPI) — Executives at Tokyo Electrical Energy downplayed the dangers of a lethal tsunami earlier than the Fukushima Daiichi plant was crippled by meltdowns within the wake of a magnitude-9 earthquake in 2011, in keeping with a Japanese press report.

The Asahi Shimbun reported Tuesday a former TEPCO worker who agreed to talk on the situation of anonymity had raised issues of a possible accident alongside the Fukushima coast earlier than the catastrophe, however his requests have been routinely ignored.

Negligence on the most senior ranges of Japan’s state-owned utility led to an “inevitable” nuclear accident on the web site, the Asahi’s supply mentioned.

On March 11, 2011, three of six reactors on the Fukushima plant have been struck by a tsunami that killed the plant’s backup energy provide, inflicting gasoline to soften contained in the reactors.

The nuclear meltdown at Fukushima didn’t change the tradition at TEPCO, the place administration was solely targeted on concealing the info they have been conscious of the dangers of a tsunami, the Asahi’s supply alleged.

Based on the previous TEPCO worker, Tsunehisa Katsumata, the then-chairman of Tokyo Electrical Energy, reportedly advised his subordinates that, “There isn’t a want to jot down something that’s not based mostly on info,” three months after the quake and the corporate was drafting an investigative report. Katsumata’s phrases have been understood to imply he was requesting a report that claimed the nuclear meltdown was “unpreventable” within the occasion of a pure catastrophe, the supply mentioned.

In 2019 Katsumata and prime TEPCO executives Ichiro Takekuro and Sakae Muto have been cleared of negligence. Based on The Guardian, Japanese prosecutors had charged the previous officers of failing to behave on data that confirmed the dangers of a tsunami to the Fukushima plant. Defendants claimed the info obtainable to them earlier than the catastrophe was “unreliable.”

Nuclear particles elimination has been postponed on the web site resulting from COVID-19. Kyodo Information reported final month the venture has been delayed as a result of Japan is ready for checks to be full for a robotic arm from Britain, the place a brand new lockdown has impacted colleges and companies.

Based on official estimates, about 16,000 folks died and hundreds of individuals went lacking within the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake.