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Tepco Ignored Warnings About Tsunami Risk, Ex-Lawmaker Says

Tokyo Electric Power Co., which operates the plant at the center of the worst nuclear calamity since Chernobyl, ignored warnings about the tsunami risks that caused the crisis, a former parliamentarian said.

The Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant was designed to withstand a 5.7-meter tsunami, according to Tepco. It wasn’t built to resist the 7-meter wall of water generated by last week’s earthquake or the 6.4-meter tsunami that struck neighboring Miyagi prefecture after the Valdiva earthquake in 1960, Tatsuya Ito, who represented Fukushima prefecture in the national Diet from 1991 to 2003, said in a March 16 telephone interview.