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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

IAEA to reassess quake-hit Japan nuclear facility

The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency says inspectors will return to Japan early next month to take another look at a nuclear facility damaged by an earthquake in 2007.

The International Atomic Energy Agency says a team will re-examine the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa complex from Dec. 1-5.

The facility was rocked by a magnitude-6.8 quake in July 2007 that caused malfunctions and leaks at the plant — the world's largest by capacity. It has been shut down ever since.

The Vienna-based IAEA said Tuesday that the team of 10 experts will reassess safety measures designed to deal with the ongoing threat of earthquakes.

It will be the agency's third visit to the site since the quake.

(Source: International Herald Tribune)

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