I started in the heyday of nuclear plants. I talked to all these crazy people wanting to build them. They didn't know what they were doing, and were going to totally rely on consultants to tell them everything. Of most interest was the 'Fault a Day' phenomenon. Somebody would find a smear on the ground like above, and declare it an 'Active Fault'. Then they would place an M8 on it, and totally screw up any plans for a nuclear plant. Thus, it became the fault that caused the earthquake. This never happened in the east because all the faults are covered up.
Why are we back to this? I think it is an extreme response to the extreme attitude of the nuclear bigwigs. By digging in, and never doing anything on earthquakes for the last 30 years, they have left themselves open to this. Now, do we support one silliness to counter another? Why not?