Japan Residents Receive Evacuation Alert After Volcanic Activity Near Nuclear Reactor

Photo credit: Morgue file

Photo credit: Morgue file

About 600,000 residents living near the Sakurajima Volcano in Japan were warned that they may have to evacuate the area, after hundreds of tremors were detected from the volcano, which is located unbearably close to a nuclear reactor.

This particular volcano caused staggering history in Japan back in 1914, when it erupted and caused the island to become a peninsula and the incident cemented itself as the most powerful eruption of the 20th century.

As for the Sendai nuclear plant that lies within 30 miles, it is the first reactor to be restarted following the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami back in 2011, which destroyed the Fukushima nuclear power plant and led to the evacuation of 300,000 people. New safety rules were implemented following this disaster, including the shutdown of the Sendai plant.

Though the reactor was approved by the Nuclear Regulation Authority after safety checks were conducted, the Kyushu Electric Power Company claim that it can overcome a tsunami that reaches 15m in height. The tsunami that devastated the Fukushima plant reached over 40m in height, and so the fear of the damage this volcano can do is daunting.

Though the volcano erupts often, this is a much larger eruption that Japan is seemingly unprepared for and now is not the time to test the success of Sendai’s restart. Residents have already begun to evacuate their homes and hopefully the rest will quickly to do so to avoid the potential large-scale impact of this natural disaster.

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