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Fukushima probe to avoid assessing quake damage via The Japan Times

A government panel investigating the triple-meltdown crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant will not provide in its interim report any in-depth analysis on how badly the March 11 earthquake damaged key facilities before the tsunami arrived, sources said Monday.

The decision leaves open the possibility that facilities key to securing the plant’s safety were seriously damaged by the 9-magnitude temblor.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. has asserted that the direct cause of the disaster was the larger-than-expected tsunami.

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