Fourteen active fault lines are found near the Fukushima nuclear power plant and other nuclear facilities, the government announced. The findings are the results of the research made by the power utilities in the wake of the unprecedented March 11 quake, said the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA).
What are found to be likely active fault lines now are previously deemed as unlikely to bring about earthquakes. The strongest earthquake is estimated at 7.6-magnitude which could potentially occur in the Hatakawa fault line in Fukushima Prefecture, research findings showed.
NISA said the intensity of the earthquakes from these fault lines is within what the utilities are capable of withstanding. In addition, it also guaranteed that there are ‘no problems with the utilities resistance’.
Five fault lines are found near the Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 and No. 2 nuclear power plants; while nine others are close to the Japan Atomic Power Co.’s Tokai No. 2 power plant and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency’s Tokai reprocessing plant in Ibaraki Prefecture.
Japan was struck by an unprecedented 8.9-magnitude quake on March 11 which triggered a 10-meter high tsunami and an ensuing nuclear disaster that is considered the world’s worst in 25 years. The country continues to undertake reconstruction efforts from the huge devastation brought about by the three-fold disaster.