posted on Feb, 16 2012 @ 01:21 AM
This has been a long time realized catastrophe for me. There are a FEW reactors that use steam turbines to spin up Cooling pumps, Great backup but its
only good for the initial Scram and shutdown, and 120 hours or so roughly as the reactor cools down, after that there's diesel backup for a week at
best. After that its scramble scramble. There should be other systems and backups in place for such events, but as well all know there are not.
Reactor designs make a huge difference in this area. BWR(Boiling water reactors) reactors are by far the most troubled in this situation. CANdu
reactors and pebble beds are a bit more forgiving when it comes to a scram, cooling and cold shutdown. It's a shame that here in the US were still
stuck with BWR dinosaurs. There have been vast improvements in reactor designs since the Nuclear act was put in place in the late 70's.
We do face a vary dangerous situation in the event of a mass EMP, Massive CME blast and or catastrophe that would render the power grind and
generating and Transmissions stations go down.
As for the year 1859 that was the year of the Carrington event. Their were telegraph lines up in that time. and their was massive Inductance in them
lines. In comparison to today with the Power grid being what it is, the outcome would be on a unimaginative scale. There were reports of telegraph
shacks burning down, stray currents being generated on these lines,
Think of them as an antenna, what we have now in respect to lengths compared to them days is huge. The end result would be catastrophic.
There are some safeguards in place, but not effective enough to protect the grid, transfer stations and End users(home owners, Business owners).
As for Nuclear plants being Hardened against this kind of thing, its hard to say how they would actually react. all the following systems would need
to be hardened including the circuits between components. The important components ie, Alternators(generators), Transfer switches, transformers,
Pumps, Automated Control systems although there are manual overrides in the instance automated systems fail to switch power over. If their are weak
spots in the hardening of these systems there will be massive spikes of energy entering the entire system.
God(higher power, etc) help us when and if we are faced with this crisis on a mass scale.