26 Aug '11, 11pm

Physicians For Social Responsibility Calls For More Nuclear Power Safety #japan nuclear #vty #vt

Physicians For Social Responsibility Calls For More Nuclear Power Safety #japan nuclear #vty #vt

On Tuesday (August 23rd) a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the East Coast of the United States and nuclear reactors were powered off automatically by safety systems. Now an organization called Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) has called for immediate action to improve safeguards at nuclear reactors vulnerable to seismic events. This week's quake was felt from South Carolina to Toronto, with an epicenter in Mineral, Virginia, just a few miles from the North Anna nuclear station. The reactor lost offsite power and had to rely on diesel generators for cooling until late Tuesday night. About a dozen other reactors experienced 'unusual events' as a result of the quake. "This event highlights how absolutely essential backup safety systems are for nuclear reactors. In this instance, only three of the four backup generators functioned as they should. We are lucky," said ...

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