The Straits Times
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Published on Dec 10, 2012
 

Japan may scrap nuclear plant sited over active seismic fault

 
 

TOKYO (AFP) - Geologists said on Monday a Japanese nuclear plant may be sited over an active seismic fault, indicating that it will probably be scrapped.

All five experts tasked by the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) with investigating the tectonic situation underneath Tsuruga plant in Fukui prefecture said it showed signs of geologically recent movement.

Under government guidelines, atomic installations cannot be sited on a fault - the meeting place of two or more of the plates that make up the earth's crust - if it is still classed as active.

"Active" faults are those that, amongst other things, have moved within the last 120,000-130,000 years.