JAPAN EARTHQUAKE PROMPTS GLOBAL RETHINK ABOUT NUCLEAR REACTOR SEISMIC SAFETY

BY MARK ROWE, KEITH NUTHALL, ALAN OSBORN, GAVIN BLAIR and PAUL COCHRANE

EARTHQUAKES are not good news for nuclear power plants. In safety terms they are a serious risk, and they are usually a public relations disaster, even if no serious damage is done to a plant misfortunate enough to be in a quake.
But there is a positive side. Power plant managers are often inspired to examine the robustness of their generators to seismic events following a local or foreign quake.
Last year's earthquake in the Niigata area of Japan was one such earth ...


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