A devastating earthquake of 6.5 magnitude and subsequent aftershocks hit Japan on 2016, 12th April night, killed nine people and injured 1000 others.
This disaster stirs through painful memories of the Fukushima disaster.
Despite all tragedies, eight of the deadliest potential atomic bombs operate along seismic fault lines. One of the power plants may never be built because of Fukushima.
Diablo Canyon Power Plant, California, United States
It is built along by the shores of the Pacific Ocean and four active fault lines. This power plant is under scrutiny since Fukushima.
Its two reactors lie in a very active earthquake zone (red zone).
The Los Osos fault, Hosgri fault, the Shoreline fault, and the San Luis Bay fault are all nearby, and the San Andreas fault is 80 km away.
Operators PG&E say the plant has been upgraded to withstand a 7.5 magnitude earthquake.
After some sensitivity tests, a 2011 report shows that the area was very unlikely to experience quakes larger than 7.1.
Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, New York, United States
This power plant is considered by many experts to be the next Fukushima.
The plant has been plagued with operational problems, and it is situated almost on top of the Ramapo fault line.
Columbia University made a study in 2008 showing that the New York area was at major risk of high-magnitude earthquakes contrary to the initial opinion. A discovery of a potential disaster area is at the Stamford-Peekskill line.
A leak of radioactive water at the station in January led environmentalists to ask for its closure. The Riverkeeper environmental non-profit membership organization is declaring that the site, which runs reactors from the 1970s, no one is safe.
Arkansas Nuclear One, Arkansas, United States
The U.S. Geological Survey study suggests this nuclear plant could be at risk due to the New Madrid because it is one of North America’s most active lands for quakes.
An 1811 earthquake of 8.0 on the Richter scale was felt even in Boston. The US government warns a catastrophe in this area can be 20 times larger than a big earthquake in California due to the “less fractured nature” of the rock.
Arkansas plant operators Entergy stated detailing improvements that were made to ensure the nuclear safety.
Columbia Generating Station, Washington state, United States
It is the last nuclear power station from the Pacific Northwest, and it could cause an eventual disaster because of its Fukushima-like boiling water reactor.
This plant is located near the Cascadia subduction zone, along the Columbia River. The Washington State Department is acknowledging that it is able of producing the highest and most damaging quakes in the world.
Seattle Times reporters quoted a geologist in 2013 who was saying that the plant has not undergone structural upgrades since its opening in 1984. A risk assessment in March 2015 confirmed that seismic damage to the land is low for Columbia Generating Station.
Sendai Nuclear Power Station, Japan
50 reactors from Japan were closed after the Fukushima meltdown. Sendai is the only nuclear power plant currently operational in the country.
This power plant was reopened in 2013 after a two-year break from nuclear energy.
The Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority found the site safe to restart after a $100 million investment to meltdown systems and disaster response.
The other Japanese nuclear plants have precarious position near the tectonic plate zone (Japan Trench). The plate movements cause approximately 1,500 earthquakes per year to the Pacific country.
Akkuyu Nuclear Plant, Turkey
The Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant is a joint project with Rosatom. It is planned to go up along the Mediterranean coast.
Despite opposition, the four reactor facility foundations were located last year approximately 25 km from the Ecemis fault line.
The Energy Minister, Antonis Paschalides, questioned its location which is in a seismically active area.
Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project, India
The French company Areva NP want to build one of the largest nuclear plants in India, capable of generating 9900 MW of power.
Greenpeace, an organization fighting to protect our environment, is opposing the six-reactor plant. It is questioning the safety of its pressurized water cooling system and the unsafe ground on which it might be built.
Jaitapur would operate along by the sea like Fukushima Daiichi. Experts and environmentalists say the 16 fault lines on the west coast could be a serious threat to human safety. The Regulatory Board of Indias’ Atomic Energy is pleased that there are no faults within 5 km
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