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Japan shuts nuclear plant near fault line
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.
”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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