Research has brought to light a nightmare scenario: there are 74 reactors “Potentially dangerous". The reactors are distributed in 23 nuclear power plants all located in areas a tsunami risk. The study was published in the journal Natural Hazards.
The analysis highlighted the danger of 23 nuclear power plants with 74 reactors. Not all reactors are active, some are under construction and others are being dismantled. The 23 nuclear power plants are located in zones a tsunami risk, in particular it is the west coast of the North American continent, Spanish and Portuguese. Tsunami risk areas include the western area of the Atlantic coast, the North coast of Africa and also the Mediterranean Sea with the eastern coasts.
José Manuel Rodrìguez-Llanes, co-author of the study and researcher at the Center for Research on Disaster Epidemiology (CRED) of the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, said that this is the first "global mapping of how civilian nuclear power plants are distributed on tsunami risk coasts ". To complete the study, the authors used historical, archaeological, geological and other standardized tools for determining the tsunami risk.
Most of nuclear reactors under construction is located in China. The Asian giant has made a massive investment innuclear energy. The problem is that 19 of the 27 reactors Chinese are under construction in areas identified as "dangerous“, Two of these are being activated in Taiwan. In the case of Japan, which in March 2011 suffered a nuclear catastrophe, there are still 19 reactors at risk. South Korea is about to activate five more reactors, two of which are at risk, in India and Pakistan there are three reactors under construction and all in areas that could have major repercussions following a Tsunami.
The Fukushima incident should open everyone's eyelids wide. The Fukushima nuclear power plant project contained high safety standards, even higher than those adopted for the activation of new reactors in areas at risk. If what happened to the central of Fukushima had it happened elsewhere, in a less organized country, the impact would have been much more serious and there would have been worse repercussions on the entire globe. Today all the conditions are in place to avoid further nuclear disasters. If you really don't have the means to develop renewable energy sources, you could start with setting up power plants in less risky areas!