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The 23 facilities on the list (including Fukushima) house a total of 74 nuclear reactors. Thirteen of the plants are active, while the others are either nearing completion or being expanded to house more reactors.
The researchers say East and Southeast Asia are at the greatest risk of a nuclear crisis triggered by a tsunami because of the rise of atomic power stations in the region, especially in China, which houses 27 of the world's 64 nuclear reactors currently under construction.
"The most important fact is that 19 (two of which are in Taiwan) out of the 27 reactors are being built in areas identified as dangerous," state the authors of the study. Meanwhile, in Japan, seven plants — one of which is currently under construction — are located in zones at risk of a tsunami, and South Korea is now expanding two plants in risk zones, the researchers said.
Originally posted by daryllyn
[color=dodgerblue] I actually wrote a ten page paper on the nuclear disaster at Fukushima during spring quarter.
My first question when starting my research was why on earth would anyone want to build a nuclear reactor in such a seismically active area? These are supposed to be nuclear scientists, right? Do they not have common sense?
I uncovered a lot of stuff about TEPCO during my research as well. They were warned repeatedly about their facilities not being earthquake/ tsunami ready and they chose not to prepare. The reason that they cited for not making safety preparations was that they didn't want the locals to feel uneasy. Really, TEPCO? I bet they are feeling great now!
I am sure that at least a portion of these other power companies aren't acting ethically, either.
It's a scary world we live in when human life isn't valued enough to take the proper safety precautions. So much for the sanctity of human life..
edit on 24-9-2012 by daryllyn because: (no reason given)