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AP Exclusive: Few were prepared for nuclear crisis

 A resident explains his fears during a town hall meeting on the impact of radiation exposure from the nearby leaking Fukushima nuclear facilities, Tu...
 Norio Tsuzumi, vice president of Tokyo Electric Power Co., right, visit to apologize evacuees at an evacuation center in Tamura, Japan, Tuesday, Marc...
 Residents on the outskirts of Fukushima crowd into an elementary school gymnasium for a town hall meeting on the impact of radiation exposure from th...
 Junior high school school teacher Chino Watanabe asks questions on the safety of her students during a town hall meeting on the impact of radiation e...
 Residents on the outskirts of Fukushima crowd into an elementary school gymnasium for a town hall meeting on the impact of radiation exposure from th...
 Residents on the outskirts of Fukushima sit on the floor of a gymnasium for a town hall meeting on the impact of radiation exposure from the nearby l...
 Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), Vice President Norio Tsuzumi, left, bows as he makes an apology to the mayor of Okuma, right, in Tanuma, Fukushima ...
 The muddy backpacks of Japanese school children sit on top of desks at a school turned into an evacuee shelter in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami...
 A resident explains his fears during a town hall meeting on the impact of radiation exposure from the nearby leaking Fukushima nuclear facilities, Tu...
 Men sit at a shelter in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Tuesday, March 22, 2011 following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami which devastat...
 Norio Tsuzumi, vice president of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco), left, apologizes evacuees at an evacuation center in Tamura of Fukushima Prefectur...

Japan Earthquake

A resident explains his fears during a town hall meeting on the impact of radiation exposure from the nearby leaking Fukushima nuclear facilities, Tu...

Japan Earthquake

Norio Tsuzumi, vice president of Tokyo Electric Power Co., right, visit to apologize evacuees at an evacuation center in Tamura, Japan, Tuesday, Marc...

Japan Earthquake

Residents on the outskirts of Fukushima crowd into an elementary school gymnasium for a town hall meeting on the impact of radiation exposure from th...

Japan Earthquake

Junior high school school teacher Chino Watanabe asks questions on the safety of her students during a town hall meeting on the impact of radiation e...

Japan Earthquake

Residents on the outskirts of Fukushima crowd into an elementary school gymnasium for a town hall meeting on the impact of radiation exposure from th...

Japan Earthquake

Residents on the outskirts of Fukushima sit on the floor of a gymnasium for a town hall meeting on the impact of radiation exposure from the nearby l...

Japan Earthquake

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), Vice President Norio Tsuzumi, left, bows as he makes an apology to the mayor of Okuma, right, in Tanuma, Fukushima ...

Japan Earthquake

The muddy backpacks of Japanese school children sit on top of desks at a school turned into an evacuee shelter in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami...

Japan Earthquake

A resident explains his fears during a town hall meeting on the impact of radiation exposure from the nearby leaking Fukushima nuclear facilities, Tu...

Japan Earthquake

Men sit at a shelter in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Tuesday, March 22, 2011 following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami which devastat...

APTOPIX Japan Earthquake

Norio Tsuzumi, vice president of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco), left, apologizes evacuees at an evacuation center in Tamura of Fukushima Prefectur...

Dozens of residents near Japan's stricken nuclear plant have told The Associated Press they never received any information about how to avoid the threat of radiation after a nuclear accident.
Japan is famous for drilling its citizens on how to prepare for natural disasters. But it has done far less to prepare those who live near its many nuclear reactors for emergencies.
That has left neighbors of the crippled Fukushima power station confused since a tsunami and earthquake left the plant leaking radiation.
The AP interviewed dozens of residents who said officials never prepared them for such an emergency. Distributing emergency preparedness information is a basic requirement in some other countries that operate nuclear power facilities.


Updated : 2021-06-15 12:20 GMT+08:00