Natural Disasters Affect Nuclear Plants in America, Too


After the Fukushima nuclear plant flooded in Japan, Americans quickly did what they do best and started worrying about themselves: What would happen to domestic nuclear plants if an earthquake struck? Even without an earthquake, we’re getting a chance to find out. Mississippi Missouri River flood waters have breached some of the protection around the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant in Nebraska, and now the water has reached containment buildings and transformers. Electricity has been cut and the boss of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is on his way, though once the flood waters recede things should be okay. There isn’t nearly as much water as there was after the tsunami in Japan. In the meantime — and this will sound familiar — backup generators are working to cool the nuclear materials. [ABC News]