Residents thought winds usually blew south from Fukushima — So sure they fled north

In Nuclear Crisis, Crippling Mistrust, New York Times, June 12, 2011:

Hiroshi Kawauchi, a lawmaker in Mr. Kan’s own party [...] said that many of the residents around the plant who evacuated went north, on the assumption that winds blew south during winter in that area. That took them directly into the radioactive plume, he said — exposing them to the very radiation that they were fleeing.

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