March 15, 2011
sunfoundation:

Nuclear power plants live along fault lines

As recent events have shown in Japan, nuclear power plants are just as  vulnerable to natural disasters as anything else. So here at Sunlight we  were curious about the locations of domestic nuclear reactors. Using  data from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Geological  Survey, we generated the following map, which shows the location of the  aforementioned reactors (there are 104 of them) vis-a-vis geological  fault lines. We also included locations of significant historical  earthquakes. Take a look and see if we might be vulnerable to a nuclear  disaster if/when “the big one” hits, and click on the red dots to learn  more about each nuclear power plant.

sunfoundation:

Nuclear power plants live along fault lines

As recent events have shown in Japan, nuclear power plants are just as vulnerable to natural disasters as anything else. So here at Sunlight we were curious about the locations of domestic nuclear reactors. Using data from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Geological Survey, we generated the following map, which shows the location of the aforementioned reactors (there are 104 of them) vis-a-vis geological fault lines. We also included locations of significant historical earthquakes. Take a look and see if we might be vulnerable to a nuclear disaster if/when “the big one” hits, and click on the red dots to learn more about each nuclear power plant.

(via nationaljournal)

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  1. theworldisnotenough1 reblogged this from theatlantic and added:
    I quite nearly whipped out my jizz face .gif for this one. Innovative applications of mapping do that to me.
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  3. besselface reblogged this from nationaljournal and added:
    They’re missing the San Onofre plant. Just saying. And that’s by the water. Though the nearest fault line is on land,...
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    I love a good debate :) You’re probably going to agree with what I’m about to say… No one is saying its a good idea to...
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  11. monsterbeard reblogged this from boogieordie and added:
    Not to be that guy (although I am always that guy), especially because I think people suddenly fretting over the safety...
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  13. coyotesqrl reblogged this from theatlantic and added:
    It should come as no surprise that nuclear plants are near fault lines. That’s where the people live (because that’s...
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  16. samhumphries reblogged this from theatlantic and added:
    Click on the red dots to ignore the fact that it was the tsunami that imperiled the Japanese reactors, not the...
  17. shoutsandmumbles reblogged this from theatlantic and added:
    Nuclear power plants in the US that are on top of a fault line, like sitting ducks.