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Japan to conduct nuclear plant 'stress tests' after epic earthquake

From Yoko Wakatsuki, CNN
An aerial view of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
An aerial view of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
  • Computer simulations will judge how facilities will cope in natural disaster
  • An official says "it's necessary" to conduct the tests "as soon as possible"

Tokyo (CNN) -- Japan will conduct "stress tests" on all its nuclear plants, officials said Wednesday.

The computer simulations will evaluate of how the facilities will cope in various natural disasters such as an earthquake or tsunami, said Banri Kaieda, the minister of economy, trade and industry.

"It's necessary to conduct stress test(s) as soon as possible," said Kaieda.

The Japanese government is working with local communities to resume the operation of nuclear power plants that were undergoing safety checks in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and subsequent damage at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

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