New earthquake rules for nuclear reactors

I have mentioned the risks associated with major earthquakes hitting areas in Japan where nuclear reactors are located. The Asahi notes that this is the first time in almost 30 years that
the government will revise and strengthen its earthquake-resistance standards for nuclear power plants:

A Nuclear Safety Commission subcommittee has come up with a draft revision of the current guidelines that would require nuclear power plants to prepare for temblors 20 to 30 percent stronger than currently stipulated. The subcommittee will post the draft on the Internet and solicit public opinion. It will finalize the revisions as early as this summer.

Not a day too early.

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