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Good question. It's almost unthinkable they didn't anticipate a tsunami any higher than they built the sea wall.
Originally posted by orangutang
who approved the site of the building in the first place? they surely must know that an 80 foot tsunami hit in the north east in 1896.(meiji sanaiku) washing 9000 homes away and killing 22,000. and yet they build it just above sea level, in a country renowned for its quakes.
That makes too much sense to me. I'm sure it would be costly to make such a structure and we have to ask why they didn't. Money might be one reason but this disaster will cost them far more money.
why wern't the back up generators installed on the 3rd or 4th story in a water proof room? otherwise they dont deserve the title "back up".