UN nuclear watchdog agency offers assistance following Japanese earthquake

19 July 2007The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has offered assistance to Japan after a powerful earthquake rocked the Asian island nation on 16 July. The IAEA has been closely monitoring the situation at the Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power plant – on the northern coast of Japan’s largest island Honshu – since the earthquake.Early data shows the tremors may have exceeded the plant’s seismic design assumption, according to a press release issued by the Agency.Noting that a thorough and transparent investigation of the earthquake’s impact on the facility is essential, the IAEA has suggested sending a team of international experts to join the country’s efforts in assessing the consequences of the tremors.

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