posted on Mar, 15 2005 @ 06:38 PM
The concrete structure housing the reactor is, in itself, strong enough to withstand a hit by a 911 style attack. The reason for the thick concrete is
to keep the Neutron radiation from getting out of the reactor building during normal operations.
The problem would be the systems which are in the main structure of the plant...large steam lines to drive the turbines, emergency shut down systems,
even the turbines themselves could wreak havoc if they ever 'jumped' their restraints.
But that's only local ...the steam is not contaminated, nor are the flying turbine parts...the reactor, still intact would go through an automatic
shutdown, even if the control room took the direct hit.
In my experience, I think the nukes are MUCH better protected by local AF bases, a younger and improved security (although the illegal immigrant
getting work in one makes me wonder), I know that local police and the regular army are training together regularly with the security forces.
I could go into more points about how a nuke always was kinda impervious to a 747 smacking into it. As well as being built earthquake proof, mainly
because of those frisky turbines...but I never could figure out why they built one on an active fault line...maybe just want to see what it'd take.
[edit on 15-3-2005 by masqua]