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Subject:  Re: OT-musing about Consequences Date:  3/16/2011  3:30 PM
Author:  georgevt Number:  67870 of 83860

>Not only is a magnitude 8.9-9.0 earthquake impossible in Ohio, but it would take one heck of a large tsunami to reach it since it is, what, 800 mi. from the ocean.

Regulations only require reactors to be built to withstand expected seismic activity for the LOCAL region. There was significant damage in Ohio caused by 1811-1812 earthquakes on the New Madrid fault (toppled chimneys in Cincinnati and destroyed cabins), which was not severe due to low population at the time. Were the Ohio reactors were designed for such large quakes? Also, Ohio has tornadoes, which are considered a risk to reactors. And Ohio has several reactors near major populations with safety ratings in the bottom third...
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