June 20th, 2012
04:32 AM ET

Fukushima plant operator: We weren't prepared for the nuclear acccident

The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant admitted Wednesday that it was not fully prepared for the nuclear accident spurred by last year's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

"All who were related to the nuclear plant could not predict an occurrence of the event which was far beyond our expectation," said Masao Yamazaki, executive vice president of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO). "We did not have enough measures to prevent the accident."

Yamazaki spoke at a press conference announcing a TEPCO report on the nuclear accident that spewed radiation and left tens of thousands of residents displaced.

He acknowledged criticism that his company took too long to disclose information and as well as accusations that TEPCO has been hiding information.

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  1. Godzilla

    Let me just say that without this extra radioactivity in the area, my scaly skin would not have this lovely blue-green glowing effect.
    Its really quite wonderful and helps me see in the dark.

    June 20, 2012 at 5:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. what if

    *sung to the tune of*- you light up my life!

    June 20, 2012 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |

    This one is for you Godzilla 🙂
    "We did not have enough measures to prevent the accident."

    Sure you did! You could have easily called upon any of your numerous saviors: Godzilla, Mothra, Gamera, Ultra-man, or, heck, even Minilla!

    June 20, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. Pete

    You didn't expect a 40 foot wall of water,did ya.Ya think after years of earthquakes,monsters crushing Tokyo and all ya finally get it right,but no you're still waiting for American technology,just like ya saw with FAT MAN and Little Boy in WWII,that one really woke ya up didn't it!! Really got your attention I bet!!But that's their egos,it hasn't changed,still stuck in their ways till something like this comes along every century or so,it'll come again I assure ya!!

    June 20, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |