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Fukushima reactor taken offline


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One of the two active nuclear reactors at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant has been taken offline amid public concern over the growing level of radioactive water leak at the plant. According to the officials of Kansai Electric Power, the company reduced producing power at its Unit No.3 at the Oi plant, Fukui prefecture in western Japan on Monday afternoon and halted the unit completely early Tuesday. The authorities went on say that the other one, Unit No.4 is to be shut down later this month. The Kansai Electric officials stated that the stoppage of the units were underway due to further inspections by nuclear regulators. The two reactors were the only ones, which resumed operating in July 2012 after passing safety tests, in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster. It is unknown when to restart the reactors, the officials added, as the public concern over nuclear safety is increasing after the officials announced on Saturday that the radiation levels of water leak at Fukushima plant were 18 times higher than previously measured. On August 28, the Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) shifted the level of the radioactive water leak at the country's nuclear power plant from level one to level three, according to the UN's International Nuclear Event Scale (INES), describing the level three as a "serious incident." Fukushima nuclear power plant was damaged in a mega-earthquake followed by a tsunami on March 11, 2011. The incident led to the meltdown of three reactors at the plant. According to the report released by a Japanese parliamentary panel, the incident at the crippled power plant was a "man-made disaster," and it was not only occurred due to Tsunami.



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