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Germany Takes Nuke-Free Stance After Japan Nuclear Crisis
The decision was prompted by the Japan nuclear crisis, which started when a 9.0 earthquake and tsunami on March 11 damaged several reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, leading to a nuclear meltdown and a serious release of radiation. In addition, thousands of anti-nuclear protesters in Germany took to the streets after the nuclear accident in Japan, calling for an end to German reliance on nuclear power.
It will take Germany 11 years to phase out all of its 17 nuclear reactors, although eight of those reactors are already offline and will never be used again as a result of the announcement. The other nine reactors will be phased out gradually, giving Germany time to increase its use of renewable energy from wind, solar and hydroelectric power. Six of the remaining nine reactors will be removed from service no later than the end of 2021, the other three will be taken offline by the end of 2022 at the latest.