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Reactivating The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Plant Would Be Dangerous

The Kashiwarazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant is situated on an active fault zone where a major earthquake could be triggered. The plant was built without first making a sufficient investigation into the existence of active faults. It appears the actual earthquake far exceeded the parameters of the nuclear plant°«s designed earthquake-resistance. Furthermore, the electrical transformer that caused a fire and many other related facilities are built not on bedrock, but on soft soil.

All seven reactors, including the aging Unit 1, and their related facilities sustained damage. The earthquake caused the ground to heave up and down at the site, and in places the ground is buckled. It°«s possible that damage not confirmable through visual inspection, including cracking or warping, has occurred to major machinery and piping for the reactors. If there is another earthquake this could cause even more severe trouble.

There are suggestions that an even greater earthquake, reaching a magnitude of 8, could occur in the future along the nearby active faults. No matter how extensively the facilities are repaired, these underground faults can°«t be made to go away.

If the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant is allowed to resume operations, ignoring this uncertainty, we fear it will lead to further anxiety and that public trust, which is essential to society, will be lost.

We want the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant to remain shut down, and for its service to be quietly terminated.

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Tomoki Sukezane, Naoki Ishikawa, Itaru Hirama, Nobuko Hori, Kazunali Tajima,
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