Oh, one more item -- and this is for everyone. Or anyone.
My attention has been drawn to two issues. One is that there are several nuclear reactors in the world that are close to or within active fault
regions that are large enough to cause potentially very damaging quakes. Most are in Japan and Taiwan, and those in Taiwan have particularly attracted
my notice in the past few days. (We all know about Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster, so I am referring to other potential problems.
Another that is bothersome is the pair of reactors at Diablo Canyon on the central California coast.
I just want to mention these concerns and give some more details on these two places that specifically concern me:
Taiwan -- especially its Shanjiao fault and its proximity to both the Jinshan nuclear power plant and the Kuosheng nuclear power plant. Also some
risks from the subduction zone off the east coast of Taiwan. Possible "domino" effects on other, smaller faults on the island, similar to some of what
was seen in Japan (on land after the large offshore event).
California -- the Diablo Canyon Power Plant (they leave "Nuclear" out of its formal name, apparently), which is right by the coast and also not too
far from both the Hosgri and San Andreas faults. The plant was upgraded to withstand a M 7.5 event but the SAF has produced larger ones than that in
the past. (cf the 1906 SF quake was Mw 7.8.) However, the plant is not really
close to the SAF, just within the general vicinity. Hosgri is
quite close by. All the same its location is not what I'd call ideal.
One reason? There is also some possible risk from the suduction zone further north (the CSZ), capable of producing a tsunami that could sweep down the
coast even past Califonia. In addition, a major quake in the CSZ or even the SAF could lead to fault instability on more local faults, such as the
None of the above is by way of direct prediction, by the way. It's just letting you know of a couple of places that have specifically attracted my
attention in the past couple of days. Taiwan came up first, then its situation with nuclear power use (and the location of some of its plants near
faults), then this led me to the Diablo Canyon situation.
My summary is to explain why these concerns are not entirely without basis. Hence I'm keeping an eye on them. Especially Taiwan.
edit on 1/11/12 by JustMike because: Edited for a few typos. This edit completed at 15:49 my local time Nov 1, 2012. (14:49 UTC)