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Japan will again investigate the Fukushima nuclear accident after eight years

September 11, 2019

TOKYO, Sep 11 (Reuters / EP) –

Japan's nuclear agency plans to investigate again the Fukushima nuclear disaster in which three reactors at an atomic power plant managed by the Tokyo Electric Company (TEPCO) were melted during an earthquake followed by a tsunami eight years ago, as reported Wednesday the organism

The natural disasters of March 2011 caused explosions in the plant and the reactors melted, which produced radioactive emissions that forced 160,000 people to flee, mostly not to return.

In the investigation, the nuclear agency will attempt to determine where the radiation escaping from damaged reactors is filtered, as reported. It will also review the cooling systems that were installed to keep the fuel at an appropriate temperature, the agency said.

After the accident, Japan progressively shut down all nuclear reactors, which were previously responsible for generating 30 percent of the electricity in the third world economy. Since then several investigations have been carried out on the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986.

One of these investigations concluded that the disaster “could have been foreseen and prevented and its effects could have been mitigated to a greater extent with a more effective human response.” In 2016, the Japanese Government estimated that the cost of dismantling the nuclear plant and decontaminating the surroundings would be 21.5 billion yen (181,000 million euros), which represents a fifth of the country's annual budget.