At the risk of having a bunch of folks attack me for being an alarmist and pointing out how uninformed I am about the real vs. perceived dangers from nuclear power plants, I am going to go ahead and post this blog any way.
I am working on a couple of unrelated projects with tabletops and risk analyses. One company is planning a tabletop exercise around an incident at a nuclear generating plant near one of their campuses and another is concerned about potential risks from earthquakes. Just as a hoot, I thought I would combine the two risks and do an Internet search on “nuclear power plants near earthquake fault lines”. And, I thought I would pass along what I found and let you decide if this is worth losing any sleep over.
Now, I am going to post a few links to stories I found that suggest there might be a concern with nuclear sites near fault lines. I do recognize many of these websites as being those that others have told me are “whackos with an agenda” – but, then again, perhaps some of those folks who are just as adamant that this is all a bunch of hyped up fear mongering, have a bit of an agenda themselves? I’m sure it’s probably somewhere in between; maybe not as bad as some of these sites might suggest, but, maybe a bit more risky than some nuclear specialists are willing to admit. Anyway, I am not an authority on either side of this argument, just passing on some information I found. I will let you be the judge.
STORIES ON NUCLEAR PLANTS NEAR EARTHQUAKE FAULT LINES
- U.S. nuclear plants near fault lines shake some
- Nuclear power and earthquake zones overlap in the U.S.
- What are the odds? U.S. nuke plants ranked by quake risk
- Exploring Earthquake Risks to U.S. Nuclear Power Plants
- How Many U.S. Nuclear Plants are Located Near Earthquake Faults
Like I said, I just did this out of my own curiosity. The one thing I did learn from my quick research is, I am not the first one to ask this question. Those who wish to accuse me of unnecessarily alarming others, I want to assure you I have not passed these findings on to any clients indicating they have a risk to be concerned about. I am simply posting links here in the blog for other professionals to take a look at and come to their own conclusions.
I do welcome, however, comments from anyone who wishes to refute the reports, chastise me for passing the links along, or to, heaven forbid, thank us for thinking about looking into this possible threat.