After the devastating quake rocked the rads out of Fukushima's reactors, the Japanese government took over eight hours to deliver an atmospheric map showing where radiation was likely to spread—an action that should have been immediate.
Failing to deliver the data in the midst of the crisis—where hours are a long, long time—likely held up local government's ability to form an evacuation plan and get residents the hell out of harm's radioactive way. The Japanese government blames a broken communications line on the lapse, but really—they were relying on a single cable as the sole means of transferring data within their own country? Even if this is true, it doesn't exactly inspire confidence. [Kyodo News]