Fukushima N-plant hit by waves as high as 48 ft

April 12, 2011 1:35 am 

TOKYO/FUKUSHIMA, April 10 — A wall of water that slammed into Japan's Fukushima Daiichi power plant in the massive tsunami on March 11 was as high as 48 feet higher than normal sea levels, a brief video clip shot by a plant worker shows.

The video shows the giant wave generated by the March 11 earthquake crashing over the plant's seawall and engulfing the facility, with one sheet of spray rising higher than the buildings that house the plant's six reactors.

Tokyo Electric Power, the plant's owner, said the wall of water was likely 14 to 15 meters higher than normal sea levels — easily overwhelming the plant's 5-meter seawall.

The footage was shot from high ground about 900 meters south of the plant by a worker who evacuated before the tsunami hit, CNN quoted the Tokyo Electric Power Company as saying in the six-second clip. (PNA/PTI)



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