Japan shuts nuclear plant near fault line


Shigemi Sato
Sydney Morning Herald
May 14, 2011

Japan has shut the final working reactor at a nuclear plant near a tectonic fault line as Prime Minister Naoto Kan pledged a new law to help compensate victims of the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Workers suspended the Hamaoka power station’s number five reactor yesterday in a bid to avoid a repeat of the atomic emergency sparked by the earthquake and tsunami that struck on March 11.

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”The shutdown was confirmed after we inserted all 205 control rods into the reactor,” said Hiroaki Oobayashi, a spokesman for the plant’s operator, Chubu Electric Power Co.

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