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“Power cut doomed fallout computer” via the Japan Times Online

The nation’s system for predicting the volume of radioactive materials to be released into the environment failed amid the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant due to the power supply cut following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, sources said Monday.

The Emergency Response Support System is designed to collect data about the state of a plant’s nuclear reactors, such as pressures and temperatures, from remote locations and to analyze the suspected development of a nuclear accident to predict how much radioactive material will be released.

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