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IAEA team to inspect quake-hit nuclear power plant in Japan
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11:22, August 04, 2007

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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would send a six-member team to Japan on Aug. 5 to investigate the security of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant, which was affected by a strong earthquake last month, the IAEA said on Friday.

In response to an invitation last week from the Japanese government, the UN nuclear watchdog said the expert team would "conduct a fact-finding mission relating to the current conditions at the power plant."

IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said that it's important for the team to identify "lessons learned that might have implications for the international nuclear safety regime."

After finishing the investigation, the team would submit an investigation report to the Japanese authorities and the director general of the IAEA, and leave Japan on Aug. 11, said IAEA said in a statement.

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake rocked Niigata prefecture in northwestern Japan on July 16, affecting the local Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant, causing a series of security failures in the plant.

In response to the vehement request from the local government of Niigata prefecture, Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) on July 22 decided to invite IAEA experts to inspect the nuclear power plant.

Source: Xinhua

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