posted on Aug, 24 2011 @ 07:05 PM
Business Week Online reports that U.S. NPPs still recovering from this week's East Coast earthquake now must prepare for an approaching Hurricane
Irene. Damage from yesterday's 5.8 quake is still being assessed by several NPP operators, who are faced with a new heads-up situation as Irene
approaches the North Carolina coast as a Category 3 hurricane. According to the National Hurricane Center, Irene is currently expected to move up
the U.S. East Coast from North Carolina, possibly in the direction of New York and the New England area.
This may be the first multiple-disaster threat to hit one or more U.S. NPPs, who are still studying the lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi
nuclear disaster, where a powerful tsunami struck that NPP minutes after a 9.0 earthquake struck the Northeast coast of Japan in March 2011.
According to the related ABC News story further down this page, Irene may further strengthen to a Category 4 hurricane before making landfall.
Link to the Business Week Online article:
LA Times article with more details on Hurricane Irene:
USA Today video clip and accompanying story on Hurricane Irene's expected path:
ABC News reports that Irene could become a Category 4 hurricane by the time it makes landfall:
This Bloomberg News story on Hurricane Irene approaching U.S. East Coast NPP regions is an earlier version of the above Business Week story:
edit on 8/24/2011 by Uphill because: Added a link.