Mon, Mar 14, 2011 - Page 1 News List

Nuclear plant safety issues raised

VIABILITY:After a nuclear scare in Japan, groups in Taiwan have said that the country’s vulnerability to tsunamis and earthquakes has been largely ignored

By Vincent Y. Chao  /  Staff Reporter

TSUNAMI RESISTANT

Taiwan’s nuclear plants are designed to withstand a 12m tsunami, AEC Deputy Minister Shieh Der-jhy (謝得志) said. The tsunami that hit eastern Japan on Friday was about 10m high.

Taipower officials responsible for operating the four nuclear power plants also say that the three plants currently in operation are designed to withstand a direct impact of up to a magnitude 7.0 quake. These measures can be revised if necessary, the company said.

Taiwan’s nuclear power sector has experienced problems in the past, although there have been no radiation leaks.

The most serious scare was on March 19, 2001, when a two hour-long fire broke out in the Third Nuclear Power Plant in Pingtung County after a transmission failure left two electricity generators out of commission.

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