h/t to commenter Mark at WUWT who gave a link to a fascimile of the official report into the Fukishima nuclear accident.
[update] Users are having trouble accessing the report. On digging I discover the Japanese government complex at go.jp has a site wholly dedicated to the investigation. As of today only the executive summary and appendix are available.
English language site naiic.go.jp/en/
Link to report at slideshare (opens in new window)
I’ve not had the time to wade through the report but I gather it points at a catalogue of human incompetence at all levels. Perhaps readers here can review what it says.
My personal position is it was not an accident but a result of incompetence at the very highest levels in government, reasoning: it was known that the region has a history of magnitude 9 earthquakes but the plant was designed to survive a magnitude 8; a 9 occurred. In which case either quit whinging (known possibility reckoned to be an acceptable compromise) or act on the incompetence.
Perhaps the readers have a different opinion.
I am sorely tempted to add something else which would reveal why I have a very special interest in nuclear accidents and high level cover-ups. Must not, too much else going on.
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