May 6, 2011 7:40 AM by Posted by Sharlee Barriere
TOKYO (AP) - Japan's prime minister has told a utility to halt three reactors in central Japan because of safety concerns in the event of a major earthquake.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan told a news conference Friday his government asked operator Chubu Electric Power Co. to suspend two running reactors and a third shut for a regular inspection at its Hamaoka nuclear plant.
Kan cited experts' forecast of a 90 percent probability of a major quake striking the region within 30 years.
He said it was a safety measure after the crisis at the
Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which was crippled by an
earthquake and tsunami March 11.
Residents have long demanded suspension of the Hamaoka reactors.