Friday, March 18, 2011

"California's Fukushima in Waiting?"

Tim Dickinson (Rolling Stone):
A cascading nuclear disaster is underway in Japan. Could it happen here? You bet.

Consider Diablo Canyon, California's most earthquake-prone nuclear power plant. It was built — on the central coast near San Luis Obispo, half way between San Francisco and LA — to withstand a magnitude 7.5 earthquake. Which sounds reassuring — until you realize that Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, now in partial meltdown, was engineered to stand up to a 7.9, only to be hit by a 8.9 quake. MORE...
Howie P.S.: I was arrested @ Diablo Canyon in 1976 as part of a Greenpeace protest that brought thousands there.

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