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Published:July 19th, 2007 12:17 EST
Following Japan's earthquake UN nuclear watchdog agency offers assistance

Following Japan's earthquake UN nuclear watchdog agency offers assistance

By SOP newswire

The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has offered assistance to Japan after a powerful earthquake rocked the Asian island nation on 16 July.

The IAEA has been closely monitoring the situation at the Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power plant " on the northern coast of Japan`s largest island Honshu " since the earthquake.

Early data shows the tremors may have exceeded the plant`s seismic design assumption, according to a press release issued by the Agency.

Noting that a thorough and transparent investigation of the earthquake`s impact on the facility is essential, the IAEA has suggested sending a team of international experts to join the country`s efforts in assessing the consequences of the tremors.

Source:UN