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Volcano Becomes Active Near Japanese Nuclear Plant

Monday, August 17, 2015 5:28
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One of the most active volcanoes in Japan is showing signs of increased activity just over 30 miles away from a newly restarted nuclear power plant.

On 15 August Japan’s weather agency raised their alert level for the Sakurajima volcano from 3 to 4, the second-highest, after reports of increased seismic activity. The Sendai Nuclear power plant just 50 Kilometers away was restarted on Tuesday, following shut-down and safety overhauls in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

Last year a Japanese volcanologist refuted claims  that nuclear reactors stationed near a hotbed of volcanic activity were safe. The head of a government-commissioned panel on volcanic eruption told a press briefing“The Sendai nuclear power plant in southern Japan could quite easily be the source of a national disaster…..”

Live Mint reports:

The Japan Meteorological Agency increased the alert level for the volcano to 4 from 3, advising people within 3 kilometers of the crater to prepare to evacuate. It detected multiple earthquakes in the area on Saturday, the agency said on its website.

Kyushu Electric Power Co. began bringing online the No. 1 reactor at its Sendai power station on 11 August, the first nuclear facility to restart in Japan under new safety rules implemented following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

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Sendai power station

The area around the volcano had registered more than 800 tremors as of 2:15pm local time, according to the meteorological agency’s website. Some 77 residents were advised to evacuate, and 24 had done so as of 3:50pm., the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said in a statement.

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