Trial to stop restart of Tepco nuke plant — 7 reactors built where ground can behave like a liquid, say plaintiffs

Published: July 12th, 2012 at 6:02 pm ET
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Court order sought to stop restart of reactors
NHK WORLD English
Jul. 12, 2012

A trial hearing has begun in a lawsuit filed by residents seeking a court order to stop the restart of a nuclear plant in Niigata Prefecture, central Japan.

The 132 plaintiffs are asking a district court in the prefecture to stop Tokyo Electric Power Company’s plan to restart the Kashiwazaki Kariwa plant by March 2014.

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The plaintiffs say the Niigata plant is in an area that has been hit by repeated powerful earthquakes and is prone to liquefaction.

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The Niigata plant has seven reactors. Four are offline for regular safety checks and three are shut down.

Soil liquefaction
Wikipedia

Soil liquefaction describes a phenomenon whereby a saturated soil substantially loses strength and stiffness in response to an applied stress, usually earthquake shaking or other sudden change in stress condition, causing it to behave like a liquid.

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Although the effects of liquefaction have been long understood, it was more thoroughly brought to the attention of engineers after the 1964 Niigata earthquake and 1964 Alaska earthquake.

Published: July 12th, 2012 at 6:02 pm ET
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