21 Apr '16, 3pm

Kyushu Earthquake Swarm Raises Concerns Over Nuclear Plant Safety

Kyushu Earthquake Swarm Raises Concerns Over Nuclear Plant Safety

The populous island of Kyushu in southwest Japan has been shaken by hundreds of earthquakes and aftershocks over the past eight days, and there is no immediate end in sight to Mother Nature’s upheavals. The tremors have impacted manufacturing for some companies in the auto and electronics industries, while concerns are growing over the safety of Japan’s two active nuclear reactors (the only two presently online), which are located about 120 km south of where the main shaking is occurring. Image: NRA, Japan The first major quake, 6.5 in magnitude, struck on April 14. A second more disastrous tremblor measuring 7.3 hit the area at 1:25 am on Thursday, April 16, injuring thousands of people, and killing dozens. Water, electricity and gas services have been disrupted. Buildings, roads, and bridges have been destroyed, complicating search, rescue and aid efforts for emergency w...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/energy/nuclear/kyushu...

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