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Bad Omen: Japan Bracing for Massive Volcano Eruption near Nuclear Plant

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When Japan decided it was going to begin the process of restarting many of their mothballed nuclear reactors last week, there was certainly cause for alarm. After all, it’s not unheard of for a nuclear reactor to run into problems shortly after being started. When Japan made this announcement, The World Nuclear Association noted that “Of 14 reactors that resumed operations after four years offline, all had emergency shutdowns and technical failures.” So it’s safe to say that when 25 Japanese plants applied for restart permits, the international community was a little worried.

Now it appears that some of those fears have been validated, though not in the way most people were expecting. The Sendai nuclear power plant was the first of those reactors to be restarted on Tuesday, an event which couldn’t have come at a worst time. A volcano near the plant appears ready to blow its top.


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Japan: Evacuation warning as Sakurajima Volcano near nuclear reactor ready to erupt

People living near Sakurajima Volcano, 31 miles from Sendai nuclear plant, have been told to evacuate the area after a government alert was raised to the second highest level. More than 800 tremors have been detected from the volcano, according to the Kagoshima Local Meteorological Observatory.


The 1914 eruption of Sakurajima was the most powerful in 20th-century Japan. Lava flows filled the narrow strait between the island and the mainland, turning it into a peninsula.


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