Around 90 percent of workers at Fukushima nuclear power plant fled the crippled facility at the height of the 2011 meltdown, according to a previously undisclosed report that challenges the timeline of events surrounding the disaster.A copy of the document, consisting of more than 400 pages obtained by the Japanese Asahi Shimbun newspaper said that four days after the plant was hit by a tsunami, employees abandoned their posts at the plant, fearing that the core of No. 2 reactor could go into meltdown, contaminating the area.Based on a number of government conducted interviews into the matter, the report cites Masao Yoshida, Fukushima plant manager at the time, who testified that 650 workers and midlevel managers fled to another nuclear facility 10km away, despite his orders to be on stand-by. Only he and 69 other employees remained on site to try to regain control of the plant’s failing reactors, he testified. All in all Ashida, who died last year of esophageal cancer, was questioned by the investigative committee on 13 separate occasions for a total of 29 hours and 16 minutes.
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