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Like Japan, Taiwan is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is an exceptionally bad location for nuclear power stations. About 90% of the world’s earthquakes and 81% of the world’s largest earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring_of_Fire. On Friday, Sakurajima volcano erupted in Japan and on early Saturday, local time, a large earthquake occurred in Taiwan.
“The ‘Ring of Fire’, also called the Circum-Pacific belt, is the zone of earthquakes surrounding the Pacific Ocean- about 90% of the world’s earthquakes occur there. The next most seismic region (5-6% of earthquakes) is the Alpide belt (extends from Mediterranean region, eastward through Turkey, Iran, and northern India.” (“This dynamic earth: the story of plate tectonics” 1996, Kious, W. Jacquelyne; Tilling, Robert I., USGS Unnumbered Series General Interest Publication) http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/7000097
“Taiwan, like Japan, is located on the Pacific Rim seismic zone and frequently experiences earthquakes. All four nuclear plants in Taiwan are built near the coastline, with distances from the coastline ranging from 1.04 km to 3.37 km (Kuosheng, 1.04 km; Jinshan, 1.05 km; Longmen, 2.96 km; and Maanshan, 3.37 km). This places them within the reach of tsunamis similar to the one that hit Japan on 11 March, which traveled 3 km inland from the coast and flooded the Fukushima nuclear power plants. However, three of Taiwan’s nuclear power plants (Kuosheng, Jinshan, and Longmen) are located within 20–40 km from Taipei (population 6 million), the capital city, and the Maanshan nuclear power plant is only 67.4 km from Kaohsiung (population 2 million), Taiwan’s second largest city. By contrast, the Fukushima nuclear power plants are about 225 km away from Tokyo (population 20 million).” (“A Fukushima-Like Nuclear Crisis in Taiwan or a Nonnuclear Taiwan?” Chang-Chuan Chan Ya-Mei Chen. East Asian Science Technology and Society an International Journal 09/2011; 5(3):403-407.)
The Maanshan Nuclear Power Station was impacted by the Hengchun earthquake on 26 December 2006: “Because of the vigorous vibration, the alarm at Reactor #2 was activated, forcing the operators to carry out SCRAM immediately.“.( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maanshan_Nuclear_Power_Plant. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_Hengchun_earthquakes )
Taiwan 6.4 M 2016-02-05 19:57:27 (UTC)
Read about Sakurajima volcano and nearby nuclear reactors here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/08/15/official-volcano-evacuation-warning-near-re-opened-nuclear-reactors-in-japan-volcanic-ashfall-could-lead-to-meltdown-spent-fuel-pool-collapse/