• Kyodo


The government was aware of the possibility of a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant the same day the complex was hit by the earthquake and tsunami last March, according to a summary released Friday of meetings at the emergency headquarters.

The possibility was pointed out by an unidentified attendee at the first meeting, which started at 7:03 p.m. March 11 and lasted about 20 minutes. The earthquake struck at 2:46 p.m.

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