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Friday, May 13, 2011

Hamaoka No. 4 shut down; No. 5 to follow

Chubu Electric Power Company has shut down Hamaoka No. 4. The plant began reducing power at 3:30 AM Friday and the plant was off the grid at 10 AM. No. 5 plant is to follow on Saturday.

This is the first plant in Japan shut down on Japanese government request, bypassing any official safety agency reviews, solely on suspected seismic risk.

9:40 PM Eastern Friday 5/13

UPDATE 9:44 PM Eastern Friday 5/13: On the wire right now is the report that Hamaoka No. 5 plant has also been shut down.

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