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Ensuring emergency power after a natural disaster

from Consulting-Specifying Engineer

In March 2011, a 9.0 earthquake followed by a tsunami shocked Japan's northern shore. The devastation to four nuclear reactors in Fukushima caused a state of emergency. The on-site power generators at the plant survived the shake only to be disabled by the tsunami. With no backup power, the cooling pumps could not operate, and without power, the ability to cool the core was disabled, which led to core meltdown. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit the northeastern seaboard, crippling emergency power as wind and flooding knocked out many on-site power systems for critical facilities. How prepared are we to maintain emergency power in the wake of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, wind, and floods? Can we limit our vulnerability? more


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