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M5.5 quake shakes Kanto

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I was in an elevator and didn't even notice it. That's scary!

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bit of a shake here in yokohama but nothing alarming at all. surprising thing is that the alert on the J tv was like 2-3 minutes after the quake

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shook pretty LOOOONG out here near Kujukuri

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"Japan should embrace nuclear power, government panel says" + "M5.5 quake shakes Kanto" =?

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"Japan should embrace nuclear power, government panel says" + "M5.5 quake shakes Kanto" =?

Relevance? Did the 5.5 quake cause any damage that I missed?

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I've not felt a thing.What time did it happen?

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Horenzo:

" Japan should embrace nuclear power, government panel says" + "M5.5 quake shakes Kanto" =? "

Yes, so what? Has an earthquake ever damaged a nuclear power plant? Anywhere?

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@WilliB

Yes, so what? Has an earthquake ever damaged a nuclear power plant? Anywhere?

Yes it has. In 2007 the NPP in Niigata was damaged by a quake and it took until 2009 to repair it. In 2011 both the NPP's at Fukushima were damaged by the powerful quake. At the Fukushima No1 plant had three reactor meltdowns and the Fukushima No2 plant came within 60 minutes of having meltdowns.

Last year, TEPCO accepted the No1 Fukushima plant was damaged by the quake.

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zichi:

" At the Fukushima No1 plant had three reactor meltdowns and the Fukushima No2 plant came within 60 minutes of having meltdowns. "

At Fukushima No. 1 plant, the plant survived the earthquake just fine. It shut down as designed, without any problem. As you well know. Your point?

And please spare us all the stories about the tsunami. You know very well that yes, tsunamis are caused by earthquakes. But that is a different issue. Why obfuscate the topic?

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@WilliB

Its correct that the three working reactors shut down at the point of the earthquake but the plant suffered extensive damage including the loss of offsite power supplies and water supplies. The main admin building which houses all the documents relating to the plant was so badly damaged no one has been allowed in since.

The No1-3 reactor containment vessels and the suppression chambers were cracked by the earthquake which is now the problem with the leaking cooling water.

I answered your question, about earthquake have never damaged a nuclear power plant, which they have.

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Good comments Zichi. WilliB is jousting with windmills in his attempt to argue that a massive earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear plant explosion/melt down all within the week of 3/11 are not inextricably connected. Without any problems my foot.

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@WillB

And please spare us all the stories about the tsunami. You know very well that yes, tsunamis are caused by earthquakes. But that is a different issue. Why obfuscate the topic?

even without the tsunami, because of the extensive damage from the 3/11 earthquake, both of the Fukushima NPP's would have been shut down for many years for reconstructions and repairs. TEPCO have spent ¥billions repairing the Fukushima No2 plant which wasn't damaged by the tsunami.

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Let it shake ever more violently and a big one to celebrate the 2020 Olympic Games. Something that will forever be edged in the memory of the Olympics. This life experience will really show that Japan can outdo China in everything including the opening and closing ceremonies. Lte's look forward to that.

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