Japanese Prime Minister, Naoto Kan has called for the shutdown of a nuclear power plant on the country’s largest island due to concerns over a possible earthquake.
Mr Kan said if an accident occurs at Hamaoka, it could create serious consequences.
Experts say there is a 90% chance of a major quake in 30 years, hitting the Chubu region, which encompasses the Hamaoka nuclear power plant.
Kan said the plant should be shut down until protective measures are taken against natural disasters.
The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said there was the possibility of an approximate two-year shutdown at the Hamaoka plant.
In March, a destructive 9-magnitude earthquake and a resultant Tsunami struck Japan’s northern coasts, setting off a nuclear crisis by knocking out power to cooling systems of reactors at the Fukushima plant, causing a radiation leak.