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Disaster training in Ehime (Ikata plant)

November 8, 2015

Nuclear disaster drills under way in Ehime



Nov. 8, 2015 - Updated 07:16 UTC+1

Nearly 15,000 people are taking part in annual nuclear disaster drills at and around the Ikata power plant in western Japan's Ehime Prefecture. Its No.3 reactor could go back online as soon as March.

This year's 2-day version began on Sunday with the participation of locals and officials from more than 100 organizations.

The drills were held under a scenario in which the plant run by Shikoku Electric Power Company loses its reactor cooling function due to a major earthquake.

The prefecture set up a task force. Governor Tokihiro Nakamura instructed senior officials to fully prepare for such an accident.

Shikoku Electric employees checked how to respond at an emergency office built at the plant in preparation for the restart of the reactor. Last month, the prefecture and town hosting the Ikata plant gave the utility permission to put it back online.

Workers also tested a large pumping truck designed to pour water onto reactor containment vessels. They also maneuvered a robot developed to enter spaces with high radiation levels.

Staff at a nursing home about 10 kilometers from the plant practiced evacuating elderly residents in wheelchairs. Workers took the part of those with physical disabilities.

Officials will use the results of the drills to study the viability of an evacuation plan for communities near the plant.



Two days of disaster training begins at Ehime Prefecture’s Ikata nuclear plant




The government Sunday started a two-day comprehensive disaster drill at Shikoku Electric Power Co.’s Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture.

The drill, which started at 8:30 a.m., assumed that the plant’s reactor-cooling functions were lost because of damage to its power sources from an earthquake measuring upper 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 and radioactive materials leaked outside the plant as a result.

While the No. 3 reactor at the plant is likely to be reactivated sometime at the beginning of next year at the earliest, securing evacuation routes is important.

This is the third disaster drill to be conducted by the government at one of the nation’s nuclear plants since the triple reactor meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station was crippled by a magnitude-9 earthquake and subsequent huge tsunami that struck part of the Tohoku region in March 2011.

The two-day drill is being participated in by officials of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, the Cabinet Office and the Defense Ministry, as well as about 13,000 residents living near the plant, including elementary and junior high school students.

As the nuclear power station is located in the town of Ikata, on the Sadamisaki Peninsula, one major challenge is ensuring some 5,000 people living on the peninsula can be evacuated safely in case of an accident at the plant.

In the drill, residents will be evacuated by bus. On Monday, a ferry and a support ship of the Maritime Salf-Defense Force will be used to evacuate about 70 residents from the peninsula to nearby Oita Prefecture.

In July this year, the NRA concluded that the Ikata No. 3 reactor meets the country’s new safety standards introduced in July 2013 following the Fukushima No. 1 plant accident.

Last month, local leaders, including Ehime Gov. Tokihiro Nakamura, gave their consent to the restart of the No. 3 unit.


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