Japan's Volcanoes Threaten Country's Nuclear Power Plants, Says Expert

October 18, 2014 10:55 AM

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Japan's Volcanoes Threaten Country's Nuclear Power Plants, Says Expert

Japan’s nuclear power plants are at risk from “impossible to predict” volcanic eruptions, a prominent Japanese volcanologist said Friday, disputing findings of the country’s nuclear safety regulators. A panel of regulators had, in September, declared the Sendai nuclear power plant, which is located in southern Japan, as safe, and ruled out any eruption at the volcanoes surrounding the plant, according to media reports.

“It is simply impossible to predict an eruption over the next 30 to 40 years,” Toshitsugu Fujii, a professor at the University of Tokyo, heading a government-commissioned panel on volcanic eruption prediction, reportedly said.

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