JCP is reporting that the offsite centers created to provide a “safe” place for local officials to deal with a nuclear power plant disaster are themselves unsafe. The Oi nuclear plant offsite center is pictured to the left. During the initial hours of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster the offsite center in Okuma a mere 5km from the plant became unusable.
The building in Okuma did not have seismically resistant power generators leaving the entire building flooded with radiation as filtration systems would not work. Communications systems were useless without power.
The offsite center building for the Onigawa nuclear plant in Miyagi was 100 meters from the water and 2 meters above sea level, it was swamped by the tsunami.
Now the JCP has unveiled that the offsite center for the Oi nuclear plant sits on the water front 2 meters above sea level. Oi is the only nuclear power plant in operation in Japan currently. We have documented previously the high risks at the Oi plant.
Oi’s offsite center has one diesel generator installed in a building adjacent to the main building. The building and the generator are not waterproofed. The lone generator only has about 17 hours of run time. The building sits on reclaimed land created with the soil removed to build units 3 & 4 at Oi nuclear plant. There are cracks in the road and uneven areas due to this. Liquefaction of the soil in an earthquake is highly probable on this reclaimed land. The Oi offsite center also has no radiation air filtration system for the building meaning that any radiation from the nearby plant would be able to come into the building. One local resident interviewed was concerned that people who live in the area are not made aware of these issues putting them further at risk.
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