IAEA officials to inspect quake-hit Japanese nuclear plant

Inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are to travel to Japan for a week-long investigation into the earthquake-hit Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant, the UN nuclear watchdog said Friday in Vienna.

IAEA officials to inspect quake-hit Japanese nuclear plant
Inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are to travel to Japan for a week-long investigation into the earthquake-hit Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant, the UN nuclear watchdog said Friday in Vienna.

An IAEA team of six nuclear and earthquake experts is to travel Sunday to the facility in the northern Japanese province of Niigata which was struck by a powerful earthquake.

Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) has found a total of nearly 50 accidents and problems at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant since the 6.8- magnitude earthquake that killed nine, injured more than 1,000 and displaced nearly 10,000 people in the region on July 16.

The Japanese government had called on the IAEA to inspect the plant.

IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei described the trip as important saying the incident could be learned from, and evidence gained could have an effect on future nuclear standards.

The inspectors are due to return August 11.

DPA
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