Will Climate Change Driven Hurricane Sandy-Like Frankenstorm Floods Result in Fukushima-Like Nuclear Power Plant Disasters in the U.S.?
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The combination of Hurricane Sandy and cold arctic air, now dubbed the Frankenstorm, may present an increased risk of flooding and Fukushima-like disasters at our nuclear energy power plants in the Northeast.
Recently, a leaked copy of a redacted Nuclear Regulatory Commission report indicates that flooding at dozens of nuclear reactors could result in a Fukushima-like disaster in the U.S. The report pointed to the many dams that were at risk of failure and the resulting flooding of the reactors.
Given the forecast extremes of the storm nearly upon the Northeast, the risk of dam failure will increase as these facilities are stressed with increased rainfall and in-stream flooding will increase as well.
You can take a closer look at the number of nuclear reactors in the Hurricane Sandy danger zone and nearby dams yourself using the following GIS shapefiles. If you are new to GIS, check out our Learn2Map GIS Tutorial and Atlas:
Download Hurrican Sandy 5 Day Forecast GIS Shapefiles from the NOAA National Weather Service Hurricane Center.
Download U.S. Nuclear Energy Power Plant Facilities Shapefile
Download U.S. Dams Shapefiles Download all regions or at least regions 1,2, and 3.
You can also download both the NRC redacted and the public reports.
Download the "Sanitized" Public NRC Report (PDF)
Download the Redacted NRC Flood Risk Report (PDF)
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