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Gov't crisis center kept in dark over data on radiation dispersals - Green Living Guy
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government crisis management center was not informed about data on the predicted dispersal of radioactive substances caused by the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, top government spokesman Yukio Edano said Friday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Edano told a news conference that the premier's office received a fax of the computer-simulated estimates about the dispersal of radioactive materials in the early hours of March 12, a day after the powerful earthquake and tsunami that triggered the nuclear crisis, but this remained in the hands of an official at the office and was not passed on to him or Prime Minister Naoto Kan. This would mean that Kan, when he inspected the Fukushima plant by air on the morning of March 12, was unaware of such estimates using the Nuclear Safety Technology Center's networked computer system known as SPEEDI, or system for prediction of environmental emergency dose information.