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Thursday, 20th December 2012
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Japanese nuclear plant does lie on fault, scientists conclude

In news which contradicts earlier tests, a group of scientists in Japan has concluded that a fault under the Higashidori nuclear plant in Aomori prefecture is probably active.

Tohoku Electric Power recently reported that the faults were inactive, but the group of four experts brought on board by the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has said there are at least to significant faults underneath the plant.

NRA commissioner Kunihiko Shimazaki said: "We conclude that (the operator's) claim that they are not active faults is unacceptable.

"If they still think they are not active faults, let's hear what they have to say. Then we'll explain our position."

The panel of experts suggested that the discovery could have a serious impact as the faults are capable of causing a magnitude seven earthquake.

Unless Tohoku Electric are able to produce evidence to the contrary, it will have to reinforce the facility before it is allowed to become active again.

Written by Susan Ballion