[ RadSafe ] More on San Onofre
JPreisig at aol.com
JPreisig at aol.com
Sat Apr 7 21:55:09 CDT 2012
The earthquake in Japan was quite large (9.0 or whatever) and the
earthquake zone was
very close in proximity to Japan's coastline, thus creating the problems
The faults near San Onofre are land based, would not create a
tsunami, and the earthquake
magnitudes might or might not approach 9.0 in magnitude. A southern
California (or northern
California) earthquake would make some pretty nasty surface waves
(Rayleigh waves, Love waves etc.)
and give a nuclear plant a good shaking. But, I doubt it would produce a
20 to 40 foot wall of
Right now, I'd be more concerned about a very large earthquake
occuring off the
coast of Seattle, Washington (USA) and any produced tsunami that would
A look at the bay around Seattle (Puget Sound) might give you some idea of
why people are
concerned about such an event. Are there any nuclear power plants in the
vicinity of Seattle or
Puget Sound???? Again, the earthquake zone would be pretty close to the
city of Seattle.
San Onofre will probably fix their problems and go back online fairly
quickly. Why all the hubbub???
Regards, Joseph R. (Joe) Preisig, PhD
In a message dated 4/7/2012 9:34:51 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
sjd at swcp.com writes:
A quote from the article:
Anti-nuclear activists living near San Onofre have seized on the
disaster [Fukushima] to argue that nuclear plants are unsafe.
"We saw what happened in Japan and we're terrified that it could
happen right here in Southern California," said Patti Davis, a member
of the local community groups San Clemente Green and San Onofre Safety.
Concerned residents in the area around the plant have bought Geiger
counters that plug into smartphones and iPads to monitor for any
potential radiation emissions from the plant.
Former nuclear executive Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Associates, a
consulting company, prepared a report released last month that argued
that design modifications in the newly installed steam generators,
such as different alloy for the tubes, led to problems at the plant.
Yeah, tsunamis happen all the time in southern California. I would
be terrified too.
Does anyone know what the story is on these Geiger counters that
plug into smartphones and iPads? (I don't so much as know what a
smartphone is, nor an iPad.)
Arnie Gundersen seems to be replacing David Lochbaum as the
convenient expert scaremonger. His entry on Wikipedia:
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