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Japan Fault-lines, Nuclear Power Plants, 6.3 Quake
Red line represents Median Tectonic Line. Pink shaded region is Fossa Magna, bounded by the Itoigawa-Shizuoka Tectonic Line (western blue line)“. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan_Median_Tectonic_Line The star is the 6.3 magnitude earthquake, which occurred on 13-3-2014 at 17.06 UTC.

The nuclear power plants closest to the recent 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Japan are:
1) approx. 51 km (32 miles) away: IKATA
Ikata Nuclear Power Plant
Ikata Nuclear Power Plant. Photo by Amake, via wikimedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikata_Nuclear_Power_Plant
2) approx. 179 km (111 miles) away: GENKAI http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genkai_Nuclear_Power_Plant
3) approx: 220 km (137 miles) away: SENDAI http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sendai_Nuclear_Power_Plant

The Japanese government is considering the reopening of Sendai Nuclear Power Plant, as early as this summer: “Fukushima evacuees offer cautionary tale against reactor restarts” March 14, 2014 http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201403140062

Does this look wise to have these nuclear power plants on major fault lines? Can Japan or the World afford another disaster like TEPCO’s at Fukushima, when TEPCO’s disaster is still ongoing?

Why does US Senator Harry Reid have problems with comparatively small earthquakes near a proposed, partially constructed, hard-rock nuclear waste storage facility in the US State of Nevada, at Yucca Mountain, but apparently no problem with Japan continuing to operate nuclear power plants on fault lines, where major earthquakes seem to frequently occur? Do people still not understand that the world environment is connected through winds and ocean currents?

References used in making map (and additional info): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan_Median_Tectonic_Line https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tectonic_map_of_southwest_Japan.png http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_in_Japan http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000nabv#summary http://www.state.nv.us/nucwaste/yucca/seismo01.htm
Japan Median Tectonic Line (中央構造線 Chūō Kōzō Sen?), also Median Tectonic Line (MTL), is Japan’s longest fault system.[1][2] The MTL begins near Ibaraki Prefecture, where it connects with the Itoigawa-Shizuoka Tectonic Line (ISTL) and the Fossa Magna. It runs parallel to Japan’s volcanic arc, passing through central Honshū to near Nagoya, through Mikawa Bay, then through the Inland Sea from the Kii Channel and Naruto Strait to Shikoku along the Sadamisaki Peninsula and the Bungo Channel and Hōyo Strait to Kyūshū.[2]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan_Median_Tectonic_Line (References at link)

Itoigawa-Shizuoka Tectonic Line (ISTL) (糸魚川静岡構造線 Itoigawa Shizuoka Kōzō Sen?), also Ito Shizu Sen (糸静線) is a major fault on Honshu island that runs from the city of Itoigawa, Niigata Prefecture, through Lake Suwa to the city of Shizuoka in Shizuoka Prefecture. It is often confused with Fossa Magna which lies to the east.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itoigawa-Shizuoka_Tectonic_Line

Additional information, links, and interesting comments: http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2014/03/m63-earthquake-in-northeastern-kyushu.html

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