Tsunami signs at nuke plant village stoke safety fears via The Japan Times Online

A geological study indicates an Aomori Prefecture village that hosts a nuclear power plant may have been hit by huge tsunami at least five times in the past 1,000 years, a researcher said Saturday.

Previous research indicating that big earthquakes centered off Hokkaido occur roughly every 500 years and spawn tsunami suggest the Higashidori area has been hit by huge waves on several occasions.

Tohoku Electric simulated a 6.5-meter-high tsunami when constructing the plant, but the latest findings by Hirakawa cast doubt on whether the wave projections were sufficient to ensure safety.

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