Ex-TEPCO Exec Took Long-Term Quake Forecast as "Unreliable"

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Tokyo, Oct. 16 (Jiji Press)--Sakae Muto, former vice president of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501>, said in a court hearing Tuesday he found "unreliable" a long-term earthquake forecast used as the basis of an estimate of huge tsunamis that could hit TEPCO's Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

He was referring to the quake assessment report by a government organization based on which a TEPCO unit compiled three years before the 2011 nuclear crisis the estimate of tsunamis as high as 15.7 meters possibly reaching the Fukushima plant in northeastern Japan.

In the hearing of three former TEPCO executives at Tokyo District Court, Muto, 68, was asked to explain how he felt when he was told of the estimated tsunami height on June 10, 2008.

"The (estimated) water level was so high that it seemed too sudden," he said.

At the time, Muto received explanations that the long-term assessment report points to the possibility of an earthquake off Fukushima Prefecture that could trigger huge tsunamis.

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