Saturday, May 7, 2011

Japanese Prime Minister calls halt other nuclear plant safety

Japanese Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, has asked the company operating the Hamaoka nuclear power plant, southwest of Tokyo, to halt all operations by security, according to local agency Kyodo. The Hamaoka plant, operated by Chubu Electric, located on the Pacific coast of Tokai, an area where three tectonic plates converge and where it is feared that an earthquake may occur up to 8 magnitude on the Richter scale.

Khan believes that all reactors of the plant should be stopped until adequate measures to cope with a tsunami or earthquake, according to local media. A consequence of the requirement of Japanese Prime Minister, Chubu Electric, Japan's third power, paralyze the two nuclear reactors that are active in central and currently produce 2,500 megawatts of electricity, according to Kyodo.

"This is a decision made after reflecting on the safety of the people," said the chief Japanese government previously acknowledged that his Cabinet's response to the disaster of 11 March was "inadequate in multiple respects." The Hamaoka nuclear power plant will be paralyzed until they take the necessary safety measures, said at a press conference Khan, who offered no date for resumption of operations.

The prime minister's decision comes as Japan is experiencing a persistent nuclear crisis after failing to control the situation at the plant in Fukushima, whose reactors were left without cooling the Richter 9 earthquake and tsunami on 11 March. In the Hamaoka nuclear complex are currently operating reactors 4 and 5, while units 1 and 2 have been dismantled.

The operator Chubu Electric also announced its intention to resume operations in the reactor 3 after the inspections scheduled for July. The Government had asked the operating company to review security systems of the plant in the echo of the nuclear crisis and Japanese lives were not considered sufficient to deal with a high magnitude earthquake.

Today, the executive indicated that seek to mitigate potential electricity supply problems resulting from the cessation of Hamaoka. The Japanese Ministry of Science estimates that a 37% chance that the area where the nuclear plant suffers in the next thirty years an earthquake of 8 magnitude on the Richter scale.

Since 11 March four nuclear power plants are not operational since entering automatic shutdown by the strong earthquake which has caused a decrease in power in Japan. According to Kyodo, a reactor of another nuclear plant, the Tsuruga (central Japan), Saturday morning will be stopped manually to detect leakage of radioactive material.

The authorities of the Japanese province of Fukui, Tsuruga where they suspect of leaks from nuclear fuel rods from the reactor 2 of the central, but not excessive levels.

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