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Updated: Jul 29, 2011

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Japan Quake Causes Emergencies at 5 Nuke Reactors
Leonard S. Spector was quoted in Forbes on March 11, 2011.

 

March 11, 2011

The March 11, 2011 earthquake in northeastern Japan has prompted the Japanese government to declare a "nuclear emergency," taking measures aimed at preventing "any possible expansion of nuclear hazards." The earthquake affected the normal operation of several of the country's 55 nuclear power plants. Reactors in Japan and elsewhere are designed to withstand certain earthquake intensities in ground motion, and to ultimately shut down if that intensity is exceeded. This is a normal safety precaution that occurred at several Japanese reactors near Sendai, Tokai and Onagawa.

The Fukushima-Daini plant near Sendai, which is very close to the earthquake's epicenter, experienced an increase in pressure in one reactor's containment vessel. While the Fukushima-Daini plant reactor core No. 1 has been shut down, there is a concern that the reactor could lose its ability to pump water into the reactor for cooling purposes causing the temperature of the core to rise due to the heat produced by the decay of radioactive fission products.

According to Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, elevated radiation level in the control room of the No. 1 reactor in Fukushima have been detected. The Japanese prime minister's office has ordered the evacuation of residents in a 10 km radius of the power plant.

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