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Fukuoka High Court Rejects Petition for Halting Operations of 2 Reactors at Kyushu Electric's Genkai Plant in Saga Prefecture; Residents Hold Banners Including One Reading 'Unjust Ruling' in Front of Courthouse in Fukuoka's Chuo Ward
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.