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Staff Member (Far Left) at Central Operation Room Starts Removing Control Rods to Reactivate No. 4 Reactor at Kansai Electric Power's Takahama Nuclear Plant in Town of Takahama, Fukui Prefecture
The 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent monster tsunami waves on March 11 2011 severely damaged Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. A breakdown of cooling systems left nuclear reactors overheating, resulting in core meltdowns. The accident and suspension of other plants in the quake-hit areas have caused serious power supply shortages in various parts of eastern Japan including Tokyo.