Quake-hit nuclear plant shut down indefinitely

It may be on a major fault line, say experts

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19 July 2007—Three days after a deadly earthquake damaged the world’s most powerful nuclear complex, the woes for operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) continue to multiply after experts determined that the Kashiwazaki Kariwa facility—about 200 kilometers north of Tokyo—may be located on a previously undetected extension of a major fault line. After reviewing the extent of the damage to the plant—some 50 separate incidents—the mayor of Kashiwazaki City, near where the plant is located in Niigata Prefecture, on the coast of the Sea of Japan, ordered a complete shutdown of the entire facility until its safety can be assured.

TEPCO officials estimate it could take until the end of August to repair the damage and carry out safety checks. But then the power company will have to convince authorities that the facility is safe to operate—no easy task when experts from the Japan Meteorological Agency are now saying the plant may be in an active part of the region’s earthquake zone.

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