Authorities warn of increased volcanic activity near nuclear plant

1024px-20090906_sakurajima_yoshino_kagoshima-ken_japnaSoon the volcano Sakurajima could erupt, warn Japanese authorities. The nuclear power plant in Sendai 50 km away has just been booted again only.

In Japan, the authorities have warned of an increased activity of a volcano, which is only 50 kilometers away from the first again this week ramped Sendai nuclear power plant. The population in the vicinity of the volcano Sakurajima should prepare for evacuations, said Japan’s Meteorological Authority on Saturday. There was a risk that at the foot of the mountain stones could rain down. Affected were about a hundred people.

The Sakurajima to the located in southern Japan island of Kyushu is one of the most active volcanoes in the country. Almost continuously occurs eruptions. But now it could soon be a major outbreak, said a representative of the Meteorological Authority.

Only on Tuesday the operator Kyushu Electric Power had booted a reactor of the nuclear power plant Sendai again. It is the first since the Fukushima disaster four and a half years ago. The Nuclear Regulatory Authority estimates the chance that there is a major volcanic activity during the operating period of the nuclear power plant, as a negligible one. Only two years ago the Sakurajima ash had about five kilometers high spewed into the air.

In Fukushima nuclear plant had occurred in March 2011 after a severe earthquake and a devastating tsunami to explosions and meltdown. Because of the radioactive radiation had to leave their houses about 160,000 people in the region. It was the worst nuclear accident since the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine in 1986th