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Japan Recovers Nuclear Energy and May Lower Power Consumption


Japan recovered their supply of nuclear energy after the Oi reactor core (west), the first to be reactivated after the accident in Fukushima, began to generate and transmit electricity.

Unit 3 Oi plant in the western province of Fukui, was launched last Sunday, but the turbine was not connected to this day, which began generating and transmitting power to the grid.

The reactor is expected to increase its power gradually in the coming days and operate at full capacity on Monday, according to Kyodo.

The reactor, with an output of 1.18 million kilowatts, will help alleviate power shortages this summer in the west between 9 and 15%, so that the government, which had called for consumers to save 15% of energy these months could review the request.

In a statement, the president of KEPCO Electric, which owns the plant, said that the recovery is a “step forward towards providing stability and security” and stressed that this is the first time in four and a half months that the company provides electricity generated by atomic fission.

The Oi, thus became the first run back after the disaster that unleashed in the Fukushima Daiichi plant by the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.

That event put into question the safety of atomic units in Japan, a country that has 50 commercial reactors and previously obtained 30 percent of its electricity by nuclear means.

It is expected that following the approval of the government in mid-June, KEPCO will revive another of its Oi units in middle of this month, in order to be fully operational by the end of July.

The “Ring of Fire”

Thousands of people are planning viewing parties for the solar eclipse on May 20, a rare event in which the sun appears as a thin ring behind the moon. The eclipse will start in Asia on Monday morning, when it will be visible in southern Japan and southern China. In the U.S., the eclipse will be visible in northeast Texas through New Mexico, northeastern Arizona, southern Utah and Nevada, northern California and southwestern Oregon on Sunday night.

“I encourage anyone who has the opportunity to see this, because although it happens occasionally, is a fairly rare event,” said Jeffrey Newmark, a specialist in solar physics at NASA.

During an annular eclipse, the moon does not block the entire sun but leaves a bright ring of light visible at the edges, according to NASA.

“For the eclipse of May, the moon will be as far away from Earth than ever achieved, which means it blocks the smallest possible portion of the sun, and leaves the largest possible bright ring around the outside,” says the agency on its website. An annular eclipse last appeared in the U.S. in 1994. The next solar eclipse will be on November 13 and is expected to be visible in northern Australia, according to NASA.

In the western United States, more than 1,000 people could flood the small town of Kanarraville, Utah, a town of 300 inhabitants, to achieve one of the best views of the event on Sunday, said Bonnie Char, spokeswoman for the tourist office Cedar City. The people are calling eclipse “Ring of Fire”.