Three Japan nuclear reactors turned off

Japan’s prime minister has ordered three reactors to be shut down in central Japan because of safety concerns in the event of a major earthquake.

Japan’s prime minister has ordered three reactors to be shut down in central Japan because of safety concerns in the event of a major earthquake.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan told a news conference today his government asked operator Chubu Electric Power to suspend two running reactors and a third shut for a regular inspection at its Hamaoka nuclear plant.

Mr Kan cited experts’ forecast of a 90% probability of a major quake striking the region within 30 years.

He said it was a safety measure after the crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

Residents have long demanded suspension of the Hamaoka reactors.

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