Thursday, January 26, 2012 04:52 +0900 (JST)
Not long ago the amount of nuclear reactors that were shutdown in Japan for inspection was 93%. However today (26 Jan 2012) yet another reactor is shutdown.
Read below the news report:
The operator of a nuclear power plant in Shimane Prefecture, western Japan, says it will shut down another reactor for regular inspections. The decision means that 51 of Japan's 54 reactors - 94 percent - are now offline.
The Chugoku Electric Power Company says it will begin Thursday evening shutting down reactor-2 of its Shimane power plant. The work is scheduled to be completed early Friday morning. The plant's only other reactor is already offline for regular checkups. With the addition of the ongoing shutdown, all the nuclear power plants run by the company will be suspended.
The company is conducting stress tests on its reactors, a prerequisite for deciding whether to resume operations. But protests from local government mean that there is still no indication whether the company can restart its reactors. The Shimane Prefectural government and the local municipality insist that the utility should first thoroughly examine last year's nuclear accident in Fukushima and seek more understanding of local residents.
All 54 reactors in Japan will be offline by late April if there are no restarts before then.
So that's how it is, I'm thinking that this is for the best because of the many earthquakes that have hit Japan lately. None of the earthquakes have done any serious damage as of yet, they have been around M5. However because experts are expecting some M9 earthquakes in the near future the choice to shutdown reactors to me is for the best.