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Nuclear Power Plant In Earthquake Country

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The earthquake in Niigata that occurred on 16 July 2007, which was named the '2007 Chuetsu Offshore Earthquake', caused great damage to people's lives and property. This chapter discusses the damage caused to the Kashiwazaki nuclear power plant during the Niigata earthquake of 2007. However, the earthquake in Kashiwazaki of 6.8 magnitude emerged from a fault that occurred during choosing of the site for the nuclear power plant compound. The earthquake created a painful problem for people who were involved in nuclear power plants. The earthquake-proof, safety inspection of the nuclear power plant guidelines had to be improved from the experience of the earth-quake. New inspection guidelines for earthquake-proof construction were put in place. The reaction to an earthquake taking place directly above the epicentre had also changed. A nuclear power plant that can survive a big earthquake was developed, and this knowledge was disseminated to other countries.

Keywords: Chuetsu Offshore Earthquake; Kashiwazaki nuclear power plant; Niigata; safety inspection



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