Niigata Pref. Holds 1st Nuclear Disaster Drill in 5 Yrs

Economy Society

Niigata, Nov. 9 (Jiji Press)--The Niigata prefectural government and others on Saturday conducted a disaster drill on the assumption of an earthquake-triggered severe accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power station in the central Japan prefecture.

This was the first nuclear disaster drill held under the initiative of the prefecture government in five years.

The disaster drill, participated by a total of some 1,100 local residents and others, included training on the transport of evacuees by Maritime Self-Defense Force and other ships.

In the hypothetical disaster scenario, an earthquake with the intensity of upper 6, the second highest level on Japan's original seismic scale, caused an automatic shutdown of the plant's No. 7 reactor and the total loss of reactor-cooling functions there.

About 300 residents of the city of Kashiwazaki and the village of Kariwa, who live within 5 kilometers from the nuclear plant, were evacuated by bus and helicopter to places including the Niigata city of Murakami.

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