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No fault line under Oi nuclear plant, experts say


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“Our fundamental belief is that unless you can absolutely say that there is no risk, no potential risk of an active fault being beneath of the building the reactor should not be operated,” NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka told reporters.

Well, it is better to assume Japan is in the ring of fire, with killer earthquakes and tsunamis and therefore, risky and not suitable for any nuke plants. Australia is a highly developed country but its only nuke plant is used for medical purposes!!!!

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Hang on! Wasn't there a report to the contrary three months ago that clearly stated the Oi plant sat on top of an active fault? So, who is telling fibs?

Was there ever any doubt that this would be the outcome of findings? Is there any doubt every plant in the country will be given the same rating? This is not a nuclear watchdog agency! It is a nuclear lapdog agency!

Truth be known, the whole bloody country sits on an active fault!

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How about independent scientist NOT from Japan? It's easy to buy the results you want these days. Especially with the kind of money these guys have.

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A bare faced lie, guess there is some money flowing. Who would have thought!

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What a load of BS from the power companies, just find a "science group" to say what you want them to say then release a press release.

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By all means, keep building massive nuclear plants on top of earthquake zones. What could possibly happen? If only there was an example occurring today that might shed some light on the consequences of duplicity, buying favours, and general corruption?

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Paid off "seismologists, no doubt.

In any case, isn't it better to be safe than sorry, especially in this case? We have already tried to have a genpatsu with sub-standard security measures feel the power of a big earthquake. Was it that fun?

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Someone was definitely paid off.


Mitsuhisa Watanabe says the earth's plates could move under the Oi nuclear plant in western Japan, causing a catastrophe to rival last year's atomic disaster at Fukushima -- although some of his colleagues on a nuclear advisory panel disagree. "It is an active fault. The plates shifted some 120,000 to 130,000 years ago for sure," Watanabe, of Tokyo's Toyo University, told AFP.

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not many options left;

a) live in brown out conditions forever b) spend a quarter of GDP or more on the rest of the worlds oil preserves- most of which are being bought by SINOPEC c) live in a hut with no electric - watch the world go by d) regain electric independence by restarting the reactors

i think China wants any of these scenarios except for d - i mean why have a strong Japan around

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At this rate it seems Japan is sadly due for another nuclear disaster, because the current one apparently isn't warning enough!? With a second one will be the only way for the nuclear industry to be run out of the country. Hard to say though. Maybe not even then.

There are a lot of alternative possibilities and I hope that Japan opens up to them soon and avoids further problems. Why not do that? The oyaji's will be long gone by then. Time to leave them to their legacy and chart a new path towards a non-nuclear and non-oil/reduced oil via biotechnical and non wasteful local means.

I don't think it's a question of available ideas, Japan has more engineers than doctors so the ideas are there. I've met those engineers. Awesome people. If the impediments were removed and new directions explored I'm sure it would work out in interesting and exciting ways.

Most like myself would certainly prefer to see it from a new inspired interest, not ongoing disaster. There needs to be real change. That change will come either way. Meeting the challenge is the most preferred. I don't get it. I feel very sorry for Japan right now. All anyone can do is hope that no new earthquakes occur in that region. How silly does that sound? That's the plan, is it?

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There are a lot of alternative possibilities and I hope that Japan opens up to them soon

And you're working on them, right? Ever noticed what colour the budget is when fossil fuels become too high a fraction of Japan's energy consumption? Hope you make those possibilities economic realities within a few years.

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You fail to come up with anything constructive, post after post. Instead it's defend the old, just like Japan itself. Pathetic attitude.

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No bickering please.

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You fail to come up with anything constructive, post after post.

I probably need to spell things out a bit more for you then if you're that unfamiliar.

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No fault line under Oi nuclear plant, experts say

In fact, there are no faults in Japan at all. No worries everyone!

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Uh guys, clearly, this fault if it exists is not very obvious. Has anybody considered the possibility that the fault might really ... not exist?

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Another decision for whom no-one will be at FAULT when something does happen, except the general public that is. the general public will have to pay for the FAULTS. "Has been 120,000 years since the last movement"- sounds like time for a FAULT to move.

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Who are the seismologists mentioned in this article? The ones paid by Kansai Electric or the same seismologists assigned by the NRA, which came to a different conclusion before? Although the article refers to Tanaka, the quoted sentence is so void of substance that it is entirely unclear whether the NRA has changed it's stance towards Oi or not.

In the best case, this is terribly sloppy reporting. In the worst case the article tries to mislead readers to believe that KE's position is shared by officials.

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Roll the dice. If you get 13, there is 100% chance there will be no big earthquake in the Oi area. Otherwise...

I'm an expert in statistic and rhetoric!

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But, the thing is, it may not be active this week, but that could change tomorrow. Maybe you remember the March 11 quake two and a half years ago. No agency predicted it despite them claiming they have the ability to do so. So, why should anybody believe this agency when they say there is no fault? Especially when you have completely independent agencies stating there is! It is just another snow job by the nuclear industry and the Japanese government. Remember the movie 'Face Off'? It's all about misdirection! Mushroom syndrome!

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I have felt earthquakes in Shimane,Osaka,Kobe and Hiroshima

What technology do we have that allows us to look through miles of rock?

Nuff said.....

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Ekips, checked the article. Interesting that in that article names are shown. This article, no names? Interesting!!

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An inactive fault is only inactive until it is active again. No quake in Japan could be greater than 8.5 because there was no there was no history of one greater..... until the 9.0 on 3/11.

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If an when it happen, they will blame it on faulty equipment. Pride are worth more than safety in Japan I guess.

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