Title: Japan Rethinks Nuclear Waste Disposal Plan: Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant
Date Published on Jan 27, 2013
At 6:30 in
One month after the disaster in March 2011, a powerful earthquake struck the city of Iwaki in Fukushima Prefecture.
[Prof. Katsuhiko Ishibashi, Kobe University] pointed out another problem at that time — Underground water shifted.
Large amounts of underground water gushed out of the ground in the middle of a residential area. […]
It shows no signs of ebbing and it’s continuing to flow strongly even 18 months later.
A shift in the fault placed a large amount of force on underground water and pushed it up to the surface all at once.
Ishibashi points out that if a large earthquake strikes, bedrock won’t function as a natural barrier.
Published: March 9th, 2013 at 12:02 am ET