Scientists have tried to warn Japan’s NRA and other decision makers of the high risk for volcano danger to impact the Sendai nuclear plant. Just days after the nuclear plant was allowed to restart the nearby Sakurajima volcano has gone into a high level alert. People within 3km of the volcano have been told to evacuate.
The nearby volcano has the potential to take out incoming power lines, block roads and foil machinery even far away from the volcano. If Sakurajima were to erupt it could mean that Sendai would lose incoming power. It could foil any system that requires electricity, air or a combustion engine in order to run. This quite different scenario from the Fukushima disaster could lead to the very same outcome. When confronted with this dire scenario Kyushu Electric responded that they would simply remove all the nuclear fuel from the plant if they were faced with a serious threat from the nearby volcano. They didn’t mention that it would take years to do this and that a stockpile of nuclear fuel casks to do this doesn’t currently exist.
Japan’s NRA and Kyushu Electric both said on the 16th that the volcano “won’t affect” the Sendai nuclear plant so they will be doing nothing substantial to respond to the threat. The same was said by TEPCO and NISA related to tsunami risks at Fukushima Daiichi prior to 2011.
Our series of articles and reports on the risks to the Sendai nuclear plant can be found here.
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