Monday, August 17, 2015

Japan nuclear power firm says no special precautions over volcano (video YT)

Japanese utility Kyushu Electric Power said on Monday that it was monitoring activity at a volcano near its Sendai nuclear plant, but did not need to take any special precautions after authorities warned of the risk of a larger-than-usual eruption.

The reactor is the first to be restarted under new safety standards put in place since the meltdowns at Fukushima in 2011.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and much of Japanese industry want reactors to be switched on again to cut fuel bills, but opinion polls show a majority of the public oppose the move after the nuclear crisis triggered by an earthquake and tsunami.

The possibility of a significant eruption of Sakurajima, located about 50 km (30 miles) from Sendai, is a reminder of the volatile geology of Japan, which has 110 active volcanoes.
"We are not currently taking any particular response," Kyushu Electric spokesman Tomomitsu Sakata said by phone.



  1. Earthquake M 5.1 - KYUSHU, JAPAN - 2015-08-17.... local time: 20:40...

    Magnitude mb 5.1
    Region KYUSHU, JAPAN
    Date time 2015-08-17 11:40:37.0 UTC
    Location 30.80 N ; 131.02 E
    Depth 34 km
    316 km S of Fukuoka-shi, Japan / pop: 1,392,289 / local time: 20:40:37.0 2015-08-17
    95 km SE of Kagoshima-shi, Japan / pop: 555,352 / local time: 20:40:37.0 2015-08-17
    8 km N of Nishinoomote, Japan / pop: 17,832 / local time: 20:40:37.0 2015-08-17

  2. M5.1 - 10km NNE of Nishinoomote, Japan...


    2015-08-17 11:40:36 (UTC)

    Nearby Cities:

    10km (6mi) NNE of Nishinoomote, Japan
    57km (35mi) SE of Ibusuki, Japan
    64km (40mi) SSE of Kanoya, Japan
    71km (44mi) S of Shibushi, Japan
    835km (519mi) SSE of Seoul, South Korea

  3. The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Monday that the Sakurajima volcano in Kagoshima Prefecture doesn’t pose a threat to the Sendai nuclear plant 50 km away...

    The Meteorological Agency increased the alert level for the volcano to 4 from 3 on Saturday, advising people within 3 km of the crater to prepare to leave. The highest rating on the scale is 5, when evacuation is ordered because of a high risk of eruption.

    Kyushu Electric Power Co., which runs the Sendai nuclear facility, said Monday that operations were normal. A reactor at the facility was restarted last week, the first in Japan to be brought back online under new safety rules set up after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

    “Regarding the effect from volcanic ash (and other debris), the NRA recognizes that it will not impair safe operations of Sendai facility based on the new regulatory requirements,” the authority said in an email. “It recognizes that Kyushu Electric company appropriately prepares its measure for volcanic activity.”

    There are 39 known volcanoes, 14 of which are active, within 160 km of the Sendai plant, according to Kyushu Electric. The company uses seismic sensors and global positioning technology to predict eruptions that may threaten its Sendai reactors....................Bloomberg


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