German Chancellor Ms. Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that Germany will temporarily shut down reactors that went into operation before the end of 1980, affecting seven reactors. The decision comes amid fears sparked by the crisis under way at Japans tsunamistricken nuclear power plan. Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany will take seven of its 17 reactors offline for three months while the country reconsiders plans to extend the life of its nuclear power plants. Ms. Merkel said on Tuesday that Germany will temporarily shut down reactors that went into operation before the end of 1980, affecting seven reactors. The decision comes amid fears sparked by the crisis under way at Japans tsunamistricken nuclear power plant. Ms. Merkel spoke after meeting with the governors of states that have nuclear power plants.