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More than 1 in 10 nuclear plants at risk from earthquakes

 
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 4:54 am    Post subject: More than 1 in 10 nuclear plants at risk from earthquakes Reply with quote

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The Independent - 03/04/11

Scores of nuclear power plants worldwide are at risk from tsunamis or earthquakes similar to the natural disasters that crippled Japan's Fukushima reactors, according to new research. Many at-risk plants are in countries less able to cope with a disaster than Japan, experts have warned.

Seventy-six operating power stations in Japan, Taiwan, China, South Korea, India, Pakistan and the US are located in areas close to coastlines deemed vulnerable to tsunamis.

Of 442 nuclear power stations globally, more than one in 10are situated in places deemed to be at high or extreme risk of earthquakes in Japan, the US, Taiwan, Armenia and Slovenia according to a new study by the analysts Maplecroft.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And what about those vulnerable to volcanoes, typhoons/hurricanes and river flooding?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Add in those vulnerable to human error and those vulnerable to unknown unknowns and black swans and you wonder why we ever went down this road.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was to subsidise the production of nuclear weapons in the 1950s and as a supposed alternative to oil in the 1970s. The former was an understandable political move, the latter a big, big mistake.
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