In this photo taken July 26, 2011, playground equipment stands in front of Karino Elementary School which was used as an evacuation shelter in the town of Namie, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern ... more 
In this photo taken July 26, 2011, playground equipment stands in front of Karino Elementary School which was used as an evacuation shelter in the town of Namie, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan. Japan's system to forecast radiation threats was working from the moment its nuclear crisis began. As officials planned a venting operation certain to release radioactivity into the air, the system predicted the elementary school would be directly in the path of the plume emerging from the tsunami-hit Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant. But the prediction helped no one. Nobody acted on it. The school, just over six miles (10 kilometers) from the plant, was not immediately cleared out. Quite the opposite. It was turned into a temporary evacuation center. (AP Photo) less 
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Tue, Aug 9, 2011 1:22 AM EDT