March 28, 2011 | Mark Paradies

Natural Disaster or Design Error?

When the Fukushima nuclear plants were designed, engineers decided that the 13 foot high bluff that the plant was built on was enough protection from a Tsunami.

A 46 foot high wave hit the plant after an earthquake of almost 9.0 magnitude occurred. Now the question is … “Was this just a natural disaster or was it a design error?”

The plant’s owners said they, “Left it to the experts.”

Now an expert is saying in a New York Times article:

Mr. Synolakis called Japan’s underestimation of the tsunami risk a ‘cascade of stupid errors that led to the disaster’ and said that relevant data was virtually impossible to overlook by anyone in the field.

Read the rest of the article here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/27/world/asia/27nuke.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha2

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