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    December 11, 2012

    Tokyo Reviews Fault Line Under Plant

    TOKYO?A panel of Japanese government-appointed experts concluded Monday that a nuclear reactor in the western part of the country is likely sitting on an active earthquake fault?a finding that may lead to it becoming the first reactor shut down for earthquake concerns.

    A fault running directly underneath the Unit 2 reactor of the Tsuruga plant, operated by Japan Atomic Power Co. and located about 330 kilometers (200 miles) west of Tokyo, "could be an active one," the panel said in a meeting to review an on-site investigation carried out Dec. 1-2 into faults within the plant's premises.

    If the commission determines there is an active fault under the unit, the company won't be allowed to restart it, and might have to decommission it.
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