Monday, October 29, 2012

Twelve Nuclear Power plants lay in Hurricane Sandy’s path (aka Frankenstorm)

Most of you are probably aware that Superstorm 'Frankenstorm' Hurricane Sandy is about to make landfall between New York and New Jersey in America. But something that people may not have thought about is that twelve nuclear power plants are in it's predicted path.

It's estimated that this storm will affect 50 million people. It's said to be the biggest storm to ever hit the US mainland. Sadly, Sandy has already taken the lives of around 66 people as it made its way through the Caribbean islands. The full moon tomorrow will will mean larger high tides which will increase the storm's surge against the coast.

Sixteen million people have been told to be prepared to evacuate as the storm approaches the US east coast. FEMA estimates that Hurricane Sandy has the potential to cause $2.5 billion to $3 billion in wind damage alone in the United States. (This does not account for potential flood and other damage.)

Neil Sheehan, a spokesman for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is quoted as saying “Because of the size of it,(Sandy) we could see an impact to coastal and inland plants. We will station inspectors at the sites if we know they could be directly impacted.”

They plan to shut down the power plants if certain wind speed limits are met.

An interesting fact is that the fuel pools in the power plants in the US store an average of ten times more radioactive fuel than stored at Fukushima, and have virtually no safety features.

[Path of Superstorm Hurricane Sandy]

An article on is quoted as saying, "The archaic uranium reactor designs(which are the type of reactors in the US) developed more than 40 years ago are only good for making bombs. Most American nuclear reactors are old. They are ageing poorly, and are in very real danger of melting down. And yet the NRC (U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission) is relaxing safety standards at the old plants."

Below is a list of all reactors which are predicted to be in the path of Hurricane Sandy.

This is a good site for tracking the path of the Hurricane, the evacuation zones and the storm's surge areas.

Below are some pictures from Hurricane Sandy.

[Ocean Grove, New Jersey ]

[Atlantic City Boardwalk]

[Destruction from Hurricane Sandy on a street in Santiago de Cuba]

[Ocean City, New Jersey]

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