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Old 11th Jun 2014, 13:20
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I thought Easter Island was destroyed by deforestation?
(i.e. the droughts would not have affected them so badly if they'd still had trees)

joli - almost all the damage was caused directly or indirectly by the tsunami. The plant was built to Japanese Government standards, however these standards deliberately underestimated the likely size of the tsunami, and also basically assumed the tsunami wall would never be breached/topped. As a consequence all the back-up systems were also taken out by the tsunami. Source: talk from the Japanese Red Cross expert in charge of the disaster relief op, and my own analysis of the back-up systems. To oversimplify a bit, they put the back-up gear (4 levels of redundancy) in the basement, so once the water got over the tsunami wall.......Yup, it was that dumb.
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