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Likely Natural Events Could Cause Melt Downs

February 16, 2012 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Bill Ryerson for pointing out the work of Matthew Stein. The following article, (variations of which have been published on Alternet, Huffington Post and Nexus Magazine) discusses the vulnerability of the electric grid, and by extension, the global fleet of nuclear reactors, to significant geomagnetic disturbances. The Alternet version is pasted below. You can download a longer version here: http://www.matstein.com/wp-content/uploads/SteinArticleNexus19021.pdf

Why a Likely Natural Event Could Cause Nuclear Reactors to Melt Down and Our Grid to Crash

Matthew Stein is a design engineer, green builder and author of “When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide to Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival” and “When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency,” both published by Chelsea Green.

Unless we take significant protective measures, this apocalyptic scenario is actually possible:
There are nearly 450 nuclear reactors in the world, with hundreds more either under construction or in the planning stages. There are 104 of these reactors in the USA and 195 in Europe. Imagine the havoc it would wreak on our civilization and the planet’s ecosystems if we were to suddenly experience not just one or two nuclear meltdowns, but many more of them. How likely is it that our world might experience an event that could ultimately cause multiple reactors to fail and melt down at approximately the same time?

Unless we take significant protective measures, this apocalyptic scenario is possible.


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