Study: 23 Nuclear Power Plants in Danger
Twenty-three nuclear plants around the world could be at risk in the case of a tsunami, according to a paper published in the journal Natural Hazards. Researchers from the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology said that the 23 plants, which house a total of 74 active reactors, are located mostly in east and southeast Asia. “We are dealing with the first vision of the global distribution of civil nuclear power plants situated on the coast and exposed to tsunamis,” said co-author José Manuel Rodríguez-Llanes. The study points to Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi, which suffered major damage in the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, as an example of the danger of putting nuclear power plants in tsunami danger zones.