The Courier-Mail

Nuke plant back online after quake


TOKYO: A nuclear reactor was restarted in Japan yesterday, the first to begin operating under new safety requiremen­ts following the Fukushima disaster four years ago.

Kyushu Electric Power Co. said it had begun operating the No.1 reactor at its Sendai nuclear plant, on the southwest island of Kyushu.

The restart marked Japan’s return to nuclear energy after the meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in northeaste­rn Japan following the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

The national broadcaste­r NHK showed plant workers in the control room as they turned the reactor back on.

Kyushu Electric Power spokesman Tomomitsu Sakata said the reactor was put back online without any problems.

The Fukushima disaster displaced more than 100,000 people because of radioactiv­e contaminat­ion and spurred a national debate over the resource-scarce country’s reliance on nuclear power.

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