May 10 2011
Japanese reactors being shut down
Japan may be shutting down a nuclear reactor after its prime minister, Naoto Kan, announced a warning saying that a nuclear reactor located on the Pacific coast in Omaezaki in Japan is vulnerable to natural disasters.
“In a statement, the company said, ‘At the May 9, 2011 meeting of the Board of Directors, Chubu Electric Power Company, Inc., has decided to suspend operations of Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant until further measures to prevent tsunami (damage) are completed, as requested by the prime minister.’”
After the damage done to Japan already, it is important to take every precaution to fix the situation at hand and make strides of prevention in the future. Kan said this nuclear reactor nearby Tokyo could damage Japan greatly, and he wanted natural disaster protections put in place- a smart move for Japan. However, this could take years unfortunately…which could mean even more bad news for this country.
The Japanese government is under pressure to review its energy policy, and nuclear energy would be the center of that conversation. After the March 11 quake and tsunami wrecked the Fukushima nuclear power plant, making cautious steps will be a good thing.
Nearly 26,000 people were killed after the natural disaster which triggered the world’s biggest nuclear crisis since Chernobyl in 1986. The plant is still leaking radiation.
It was also really interesting to find that there are locations in Japan with nuclear reactors, and some of these locations have a high chance of a high magnitude earthquakes hitting them, for example in Hamaoka- there is a chance of a magnitude 8.0 quake hitting the in the next 30 years at 87 percent. This raises lots of questions, including why nuclear reactors were built there to begin with.