Tokyo’s Epic Near Miss

Former PM Nato Kan explained the scenario where Tokyo would have needed evacuation. In the early days of the disaster experts explained that if events turned worse at Fukushima Daiichi the evacuation of an area 200-250km from the plant would be needed. This would have included evacuating 30 million residents of Tokyo and would have left Japan unable to function. The prime minister also mentioned in the same article TEPCO’s initial attempt to abandon the plant and let it burn.

It was also announced today that a number of Tokyo’s floodgates failed to operate or to be closed manually after the March 11th Tsunami warning was issued. This included one in Koto ward where areas are below sea level. A number of the gates that have to be closed manually were managed by private companies. With phone lines down the government was unable to contact them and then ended up stuck in traffic trying to get there themselves. The local governments have said they will revisit plans to make sure the gate system is operated properly in the future.

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