Japan professors warn against restarting reactors: Active faults near Oi plant not properly accounted for — “Devastating” quakes now more likely — Gov’t experts “highly questionable”

Published: June 26th, 2012 at 2:46 pm ET
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Seismologists warn Japan against nuclear restart
Reuters
Jun 26, 2012 4:30pm IST

Two prominent seismologists said on Tuesday that Japan is ignoring the safety lessons of last year’s Fukushima crisis and warned against restarting two reactors next month.

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Katsuhiko Ishibashi, a seismologist at Kobe University

  • Seismic modeling by Japan’s nuclear regulator did not properly take into account active fault lines near the Ohi plant
  • “The stress tests and new safety guidelines for restarting nuclear power plants both allow for accidents at plants to occur”
  • “Instead of making standards more strict, [the stress tests and new safety guidelines] both represent a severe setback in safety standards”
  • After an earthquake in 2007 caused radiation leaks at reactors north of Tokyo, Ishibashi said Japan was at risk of a nuclear disaster following a large earthquake
  • While it is impossible to predict when earthquakes will happen [...] the magnitude 9 quake last year made it more likely “devastating” earthquakes would follow

Mitsuhisa Watanabe, a tectonic geomorphology professor at Tokyo University

  • Experts advising Japan’s nuclear industry had underestimated the seismic threat
  • “The expertise and neutrality of experts advising Japan’s Nuclear Industrial Safety Agency are highly questionable”
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5 comments to Japan professors warn against restarting reactors: Active faults near Oi plant not properly accounted for — “Devastating” quakes now more likely — Gov’t experts “highly questionable”

  • scintillator

    Double Facepalm.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Nuclear reactors on that island is big trouble. And troubling for any country, as proven by past disasters.


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  • dosdos dosdos

    I keep seeing a flier I made long time ago for a play called "Microwave", which had a reactor building sitting on a gaping fault line, the wall splitting open with it.

    Picking a set of reactors to restart that sit on an active fault line is just plain STUPID, anywhere!


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  • weeman

    Out of their minds, did the tsunami cause the melt downs or was the plant already doomed from earthquake when major cooling pipes failed, please answer that question 100 present before starting any reactor.
    Japan should not have any nuclear reactors they live in ring of fire and earthquakes will occur that will cause major damage to reactors,
    Would it not make more sense to explore other forms of energy especially geothermal
    People of Japan I implore you to stand up and be counted, pick a nuclear facility and descend on it, let nothing in or out, they will have to shut down nuclear facility
    Never give up


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