Japan orders restart of quake-hit reactor
THE Japanese government has ordered that a reactor at the Oi nuclear power plant be reactivated, defying widespread public opposition and warnings from seismologists about active fault lines close to the facility.
The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said work to prepare the No3 reactor at the plant was progressing well, despite 26 alarms sounding at the plant last weekend.
Kansai Electric Power, the operator of the plant, said the reactor should be ready to restart at 9pm on Sunday, making it the first to be returned to service since an earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March last year.
Around 40,000 people protested against the restart of the Oi reactor at the residence of the prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, last week, and organisers expect an even larger crowd for a rally today. (© Daily Telegraph, London)