A team of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts began a four-day inspection of the quake-hit nuclear power plant in the northern Japanese province of Niigata, media reports said Monday.
Six inspectors, including four earthquake specialists, were expected to investigate whether the trouble-ridden Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant shut down appropriately when the earthquake of magnitude 6.8 hit the Niigata region on July 16.
Tokyo Electric Power Co shut down operations of all of the reactors at the world's largest nuclear plant by output capacity after fire broke out, radioactive material leaks were detected and nearly 50 accidents were found at the plant.
Four of the seven reactors at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant were in operation at the time of the quake, while three were undergoing routine inspection.
The IAEA team also planned to analyze low-level leaks of radioactive material into the air and water from the plant.
"I think it's very good that the International Atomic Energy Agency can come here because we have a lot of lessons to learn," Philippe Jamet, director of IAEA's Nuclear Installation Safety Division, was quoted by Kyodo News Agency.
The Vienna-based nuclear watchdog would report the research results to the Japanese government and the IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei after it completes the mission on Thursday.
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