Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Japan Atomic Power Denies Nuclear Plant Could be on a Fault

My headline would be almost comical, if it was not so very tragic.

Japan Today: Tsuruga nuclear plant may be sitting atop active geological fault

[Excerpted] "A nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture may be sitting right on top of an active geological fault, the country’s nuclear watchdog said Wednesday...
The fault fracture zone under the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors of the 1,517-megawatt Tsuruga plant could be an active fault that could move jointly with a confirmed nearby active fault, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) found in a site survey, a spokesman for the plant’s operator said.

The operator, Japan Atomic Power Co, denies the existence of an active fault right under the plant, citing its geological assessment, but the NISA has ordered an additional investigation following its findings, the spokesman said...."


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