Scientists say Japan quake shows us nuclear risk
Reuters / Scott DiSavino
11-Mar-2011 (2 comments)

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The massive earthquake that forced the closure of four nuclear power plants in Japan has highlighted the grave risk of inadequate back-up generators at U.S. facilities, a leading U.S. scientist group said on Friday.

While the U.S. regulator made clear that the national nuclear fleet is built to withstand the biggest earthquakes in history, scientists said they needed to do more to ensure that future quakes don't risk the kind of reactor impact that Japan is now grappling with.

"We do not believe the safety standards for U.S. nuclear reactors are enough to protect the public today," Edwin Lyman, senior scientist, global security programs, at the Union of Concerned Scientists, told Reuters. The group supports nuclear power as a means to combat global warming, but wants tougher safety measures.

The magnitude 8.9 earthquake that rocked Japan on Friday knocked out power to the backup cooling systems of a reactor in Fukushima prefecture, north of Tokyo, forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents.

recommended by Darius Kadivar


hamsade ghadimi

here's research on active

by hamsade ghadimi on

here's research on active earthquake activity in natanz:

just in case, i wish they had built the facilities near qom.

Darius Kadivar

Scientists say Japan quake shows us nuclear risk

by Darius Kadivar on

 I heard on French Radio today that Japan's Nuclear plants are actually close to the beaches and sea water can help cool off the Fusion limiting a little the risk. In Iran However To my knowledge not of our nuclear installations are anything close to the Persian Gulf or even the Caspian Sea but in the desert. Imagine what could happen in a similar situation with the Chernobyl technology at our disposal ? ...