Japan:Fukushima accident likely caused by blackouts
Laaska News April 21,2011
A Japanese nuclear safety official says the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was likely caused by electricity blackouts as a result of tsunami and not by shock of the earthquake.
National Nuclear Safety Commissioner Osamu Oyamada made the remark at a news conference on Wednesday in the city of Fukushima after inspecting the plant.
Referring to accounts of the accident by the plant manager and workers, Oyamada said the reactors were apparently shut down without any hitch.
He said the reactors and their buildings did not likely incur serious damage caused by the quake itself and that they were intact immediately after it.
But he said there are no gauge readings or other data available to prove this assumption.