Nuclear disaster drill held in Niigata

A nuclear disaster drill has been held in Niigata Prefecture, Japan.

About 800 residents of Nagaoka and Kashiwazaki cities took part in the drill on Saturday.

The drill was based on the scenario of a severe accident at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Station. An earthquake with an intensity of six-plus on the Japanese scale of zero to seven was the supposed cause. The plant is operated by Tokyo Electric Power Company.

In Kashiwazaki City, some participants checked procedures for evacuation using a wheelchair-accessible taxi. A resident using a wheelchair was assisted into the taxi by the driver and other people.

A face recognition system for tracking evacuees was deployed for the drill. People registered their face images and names at a reception area.

A drill on evacuation by a Self-Defense Force vessel from the city's coastal area was cancelled due to high waves.

Prefectural officials say the drill went according to plan except for the maritime evacuation.