Mihama, Fukui


Location of Mihama in Fukui Prefecture

Location in Japan

Coordinates: 35°36′1.44″N 135°56′25.08″E / 35.6004000°N 135.9403000°E / 35.6004000; 135.9403000Coordinates: 35°36′1.44″N 135°56′25.08″E / 35.6004000°N 135.9403000°E / 35.6004000; 135.9403000
Country Japan
Region Chūbu region
Hokuriku region
Prefecture Fukui Prefecture
District Mikata
  Total 152.32 km2 (58.81 sq mi)
Population (2003)
  Total 11,148
  Density 73/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website www.wakasamihama.jp

Mihama (美浜町 Mihama-chō) is a town located in Mikata District, Fukui Prefecture, Japan.

As of 2003, the town has an estimated population of 11,148 and a density of 73.19 persons per km². The total area is 152.32 km².

On August 9, 2004, a non-radioactive steam leak killed 5 and burnt 12 others in a nearby Mihama Nuclear Power Plant; the particular high-pressure steam pipe had lost 85% of its wall thickness and failed five days before its first inspection since 1976.[1]


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