Map Shows How 8 Million Americans Or More Might Have To Be Evacuated In This ‘Worst Case Scenario’
Map Shows How 8 Million Americans Or More Might Have To Be Evacuated In This ‘Worst Case Scenario’ by Stefan Stanford – All News Pipeline
– Scientists Warn Nuclear Nightmare Worse Than Fukushima May Be Ahead
While the Department of Energy announced Wednesday that the radioactive waste tank at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington stateis not leaking, the recent scare at Hanford where unusually high radiation levels were reported, leaving workers “freaked, shocked and surprised”, was called ‘a major event’ and ‘another sign the plant is falling apart’.
The second emergency at Hanford within 10 days, emergency workers claimed the event could have spewed radioactive material across the site and well beyond and “this alarming incident at Hanford elevates the urgency of the federal government to prioritize and fund all critical cleanup at this aging nuclear reservation” according to Washington governor Jay Inslee.
Only days later, a fire broke out at a nuclear plant in Spain with large amounts of smoke released, causing the government to activatetheir emergency plan “to avoid a nuclear disaster”.
Just the latest emergencies to take place at nuclear plants around the world, as we read in this recent story from the Daily Mail, the aging nuclear power plants across America and ignored risks associated with them could unleash a nuclear nightmare upon America worse than the Fukushima disaster according to scientific experts in a recent study.
The image seen above shows how radioactive material would spread from a hypothetical fire in a high-density spent-fuel pool at the Peach Bottom Nuclear Power Plant in Pennsylvania. People in areas shown in red and orange would have to relocate for years.
Possibly leading to ‘trillion-dollar consequences’ according to the Princeton University scientists who did the study, we’re also told that such a disaster could lead to massive relocations here in America on a scale that is unimaginable. Possibly leading to 8 million Americans or more to need to find new homes, can you imagine the havoc that would be caused by needing to evacuate the areas seen in red and orange in the map above for many years?
Reporting within their study that the hypothetical fires at the plants could have been either accidentally set or the result of terrorism, they show quickly only one nuclear power plant having such an emergency could impact such a huge area of land and in this particular case, that huge area of land is home to millions and millons of people.
The US has underestimated the risks to its nuclear safety as a single nuclear fuel fire could lead to fallout “much greater than Fukushima,” according to a new study. Researches slammed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for ignoring the potential danger.
If spent fuel at one of the dozens of US nuclear sites sets alight, it “could dwarf the horrific consequences of the Fukushima accident [in Japan],” researchers from Princeton University and the Union of Concerned Scientists warned in their study published in the May 26 issue of Science magazine.
The disaster would lead to “trillion-dollar consequences,” as the hypothetical fire would result in contamination of an area larger than New Jersey and force mass relocations.
The scientists simulated a nightmare scenario in their ‘Nuclear safety regulation in the post-Fukushima era’ article. Supposing that an imagined fuel fire broke out at the Peach Bottom nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania at the beginning of 2015, and taking into account the weather conditions at that time, they showed the devastating extent of potential contamination in the area. The accident would have led to the relocation of around 8 million people and would have cost $2 trillion in damages, according to Science Daily, citing the article.
At first, it would mostly have affected a small part of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia, also touching on New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut. However, within three months almost all the East Coast from South Carolina to Maine would have become contaminated to a varying extent, the scientists said, with radiation going deeper into the land later on.
Researchers from Princeton University and the Union of Concerned Scientists warn that fires of this kind could be set off by a number of events, including an earthquake or terrorist attack. People in areas shown in yellow would likely relocate voluntarily, they say.
In the first video below our videographer breaks down this recent study that, if it does come true in such a worst-case scenario, would lead to utter havoc wherever the nuclear plant is. And keep in mind, there are 99 nuclear power reactors in 30 different states all across America as seen in the map below. How many more are in the same or similar condition to Hanford? And here now in 2017, might terrorists target these reactors for attacks?