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A vigil is being held in Lancashire to mark the third anniversary of the Fukishima nuclear power station disaster in Japan.

The event is being held at Heysham Nuclear Power station on March 8th. Campaigners will use the event to express concerns about how climate change could affect Heysham power stations where nuclear waste is stored on site.

Mo Kelly, a local architect, who will discuss rising sea levels, said: ‘When storms occurred this winter, we visited the power station, and were horrified to see that waves within Morecambe Bay were flooding the promenade that runs beside the 1.220mm high flood defence wall on the perimeter of the power station.

“As responsible citizens, we must ask these questions. What will happen when sea levels rise, and there are storms, causing sea surges and waves that may breach or overcome the concrete flood defence wall?”

Gisela Renolds of Lancaster & District said: “People are concerned about how flooding will affect Heysham Nuclear power stations, and would like to know how they are preparing for climate change-induced sea level rises and storm surges.” The Fukushima disaster on 11 March 2011 was caused when the plant was hit by a tsunami, resulting in a meltdown of three of the plant’s six nuclear reactors.

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