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Geological data from the 1980s that recently led the nuclear safety agency to order a reinvestigation of a possible active fault beneath a nuclear power plant in central Japan came from two surveys conducted before the government approved the plant's construction, power company and government officials said Sunday.
Hokuriku Electric Power Co. dug a few trenches in the surveys conducted by July 1988 to check the fault at the planned site of the No. 1 reactor at its Shika nuclear power plant in Ishikawa Prefecture, but the results were not reflected in the government's safety review process through August 1988, suggesting the possibility of the fault triggering an earthquake may have been overlooked.
Data from the surveys conducted by the power company led members of the government's nuclear safety panel earlier this month to point to the possibility that the fault named S-1, located under the Shika plant's No. 1 reactor, is active and may cause an earthquake.
A person who took part in the government's safety review told Kyodo News in an e-mail that opinions varied among experts. If any risk posed by the fault was overlooked, the government and the Nuclear Safety Commission are to blame, the person said.
Following the reinvestigation order, Hokuriku Electric plans to dig a tunnel beneath the No. 1 reactor building to survey the fault and report findings by January.
The Shika plant's reactors are currently suspended.
Copyright 2012 Kyodo News
The attached Catastrophic Geophysical Event Warning Notice (CWN) from the International Earthquake and Volcano Prediction Center (IEVPC) is forwarded for your review and/or action as appropriate.
This CWN represents the latest warning notice for the predicted earthquake and tsunami off the Kamchatka peninsula of Russia.
This CWN upgrades the level of alert to a Stage 7 and is also the final notice that will be issued for this threat. This warning is also posted at the IEVPC web site and can be directly accessed at:
Personnel in the affected region described in the CWN should take actions to prepare for the predicted CGE that is now expected at any time.
John L. Casey
Mag, When, Lat, Long, Depth, Location
4.9, 2012/07/25 17:20:12, 30.988, 130.363, 142.0, KYUSHU, JAPAN
4.7, 25/07/2012 17:20:11, 30.996, 130.452, 130.9, NEAR TANEGASHIMA ISLAND
4.7, 2012/07/25 20:00:18, 36.383, 142.442, 43.7, OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
4.6, 25/07/2012 20:00:12, 36.472 142.643, 55, FAR E OFF KANTO
4.5, 2012/07/24 17:04:55, 37.721, 142.479, 43.9, OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
4.0, 24/07/2012 17:04:53, 37.8 142.161, 35.7, SE OFF MIYAGI PREF
not on USGS
4.5, 25/07/2012 23:41:21, 27.617 142.933, 14.5, NEAR CHICHIJIMA ISLAND*
4.0, 25/07/2012 19:42:07, 20.95 121.314, 0, PHILIPPINE ISL REGION
4.0, 25/07/2012 01:31:40, 36.787 140.491, 104.9, NORTHERN IBARAKI PREF
4.2, 24/07/2012 17:28:05, 36.701, 142.119, 22.2, E OFF FUKUSHIMA PREF*
4.2, 24/07/2012 12:52:17, 39.208, 142.408, 33.7, E OFF IWATE PREF
4.7, 24/07/2012 10:28:04, 45.815, 151.596, 30, KURILE ISLANDS REGION
This CWN upgrades the level of alert to a Stage 7 and is also the final notice that will be issued for this threat
This make no sense... upgrade the warning and say.. your on your own folks??
November 8th, seismic activity will increase in yellow stone and cause an eruption.