Japan's Chubu Electric Co., Decides to Suspend Hamaoka Nuke Plant
Chubu Electric Co. President Akihisa Mizuno said the company has to make nuclear safety "a priority" after considering the safety concerns following the Fukushima nuclear crisis.
The Hamaoka plant, some 200 kilometers west of Tokyo, is located near the epicenter of the possible Tokai earthquake, which the Japanese government and experts predict is very likely to occur in the next 30 years.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan asked Chubu Electric Co. to stop operation in Hamaoka on Friday, quoting safety concerns that the nuclear power plant lacks medium- to long-term measures for protection against disasters, such as embankments.
Japanese government reached its conclusion after evaluating the country's 54 reactors for quake and tsunami vulnerability after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and ensuing devastating tsunami on March 11 in northeasten Japan's coastal region that crippled the Fukushima No.1 nuclear plant and triggered Japan's worst radioactive leak in history.
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