Monday, July 29, 2019

nuclear power plants in California part 2

After doing further research it turns out that Diablo Nuclear power plant in Morro Bay California is the last operational Nuclear power plant which appears to be open Monday through Saturday 9-5 ongoing until 2024 or 2025.

For example, it's about 250 miles from Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant and San Francisco and about 330 miles or so to San Diego but the point is if you had a big enough earthquake no one would be living within 300 miles of the meltdown of Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors so I guess you could kiss goodbye San Francisco and Los Angeles, And Orange County and possibly San Diego too. The problem is we have big earthquakes here and it's not IF it's only When this happens.

What would it take to do this? Likely an earthquake at about 8 or 9 on the richter scale within 100 miles of the nuclear power plant near Morro Bay California.

 Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan and it's meltdowns are an example that happened in 2011 which were caused by an earthquake caused tsunami which caused 3 meltdowns at Fukushima in Japan including one which was reprocessing nuclear weapons grade plutonium then that melted down. So, basically there is nothing to stop the seep of radiation into the ocean from the water table for the next 25,000 to 50,000 years because plutonium's half-life is 25,000 years.

So, short of sending radiated materials into space there is no safe place to put them on earth and never was and likely never will be either.

I experienced the 1971 San Fernando Valley earthquake and I thought it was a nuclear blast at the time and we had been nuked by Russia but it was just an earthquake. But, most people thought they were going to die during that one if they were close enough to the epicenter like I was. The Loma Prieta Quake and the Northridge Quake were pretty scary too if you were there.

You notice the Northridge quake was the most expensive at 13 to 40 billion dollars damage. One of the reasons was that literally every chimney in Northridge came down and had to be replaced after this earthquake because the movements were very sharp and destroyed almost anything made of brick or concrete. I know about this because a friend of mine had to go there and rebuild his mother's chimney himself and take time off of Work in the SF Bay area to do this.

Here's a list of earthquakes over about a 6.1 so you get the general idea of what I'm talking about here in California:

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DateNameAreaMag.MMIDeathsInjuriesTotal damage / notes
2019-07-05RidgecrestEastern7.1 MwIX5
2019-07-04RidgecrestEastern6.4 MwVIII120[1]
2014-08-24South NapaNorth Bay6.0 MwVIII1~200$362 m–$1 b
2014-03-28La HabraLA Area5.1 MwVIFew$10.8 m[7]
2010-04-04Baja CaliforniaBaja California7.2 MwVII2–4100–233$1.15 b
2010-01-09EurekaNorth Coast6.5 MwVI35$21.8–43 m
2008-07-29Chino HillsLA Area5.5 MwVI8Limited
2003-12-22San SimeonCentral Coast6.6 MwVIII240$250–300 m
2000-09-03YountvilleNorth Bay5.0 MwVII41$10–50 m
1999-10-16Hector MineEastern7.1 MwVII4–5Limited
1994-01-17NorthridgeLA Area6.7 MwIX578,700+$13–40 b
1992-06-28Big BearInland Empire6.5 MwVIIISomeModerate / triggered
1992-06-28LandersInland Empire7.3 MwIX3400+$92 m
1992-04-26Cape MendocinoNorth Coast6.6 MwVIIIdmge / triggered
1992-04-26Cape MendocinoNorth Coast6.5 MwVIIIdmge / triggered
1992-04-25Cape MendocinoNorth Coast7.2 MwIX98–356$48–75 m / tsunami
1992-04-22Joshua TreeInland Empire6.3 MsVII32Light–moderate[7]
1991-06-28Sierra MadreLA Area5.6 MwVII1100–107$34–40 m
1990-02-28UplandLA Area5.7 MwVII30$12.7 m
1989-10-17Loma PrietaSanta Cruz Mts6.9 MwIX633,757$5.6–6 b / tsunami
1989-08-08Loma PrietaSanta Cruz Mts5.4 MLVII1Minor
1987-11-24Elmore RanchImperial Valley6.5 MwVIITriggered[8]
1987-11-23Superstition HillsImperial Valley6.1 MwVI$3 m[8]
1987-10-01WhittierLA Area5.9 MwVIII8200$213–358 m
1986-07-21Chalfant ValleyEastern6.2 MwVI2$2.7 m / sequence
1986-07-13OceansideSouth Coast5.8 MwVI1$700 k[9]
1986-07-08N. Palm SpringsInland Empire6.0 MwVII29–40$4.5–6 m
1984-04-24Morgan HillSouth Bay6.2 MwVIII21–27$7.5–8 m
1983-05-02CoalingaCentral Valley6.2 MwVIII94$10 m
1981-04-26WestmorlandImperial Valley5.9 MwVII$1–3 m[10]
1980-11-08EurekaNorth Coast7.3 MwVII6$2–2.75 m
1980-05-25Mammoth LakesEastern6.2 MwVII9$1.5 m / swarm[11]
1980-01-26LivermoreEast Bay5.4 MwVIIDoublet[12]
1980-01-24LivermoreEast Bay5.8 MwVII$11.5 m / doublet[13]
1979-10-15Imperial ValleyImperial Valley6.4 MwIX91$30 m
1979-08-06Coyote LakeSouth Bay5.7 MwVII16$500 k
1978-08-13Santa BarbaraCentral Coast5.8 MwVII65$12 m[14]
1975-08-01Butte CountyButte County5.7 MLVIII10$3 m[7]
1973-02-21Point MuguSouth Coast5.8 MwVIISeveral$1 m
1971-02-09San FernandoLA Area6.6 MwXI58–65200–2,000$505–553 m
1969-10-01Santa RosaNorth Bay5.7 MwVIIIDoublet
1969-10-01Santa RosaNorth Bay5.6 MwVII1$8.35 m / doublet
1968-04-08Borrego MtnImperial Valley6.5 MwVIIdmge / rockslides[15]
1957-03-22San FranciscoBay Area5.7 MwVII140$1 m
1954-12-21EurekaNorth Coast6.5 MLVII1Several$2.1 m[16]
1952-08-22Kern CountyCentral Valley5.8 MwVIII2Several$10 m
1952-07-21Kern CountyCentral Valley7.3 MwXI12Hundreds$60 m
1948-12-04Desert Hot SpringsInland Empire6.4 MwVIISeveralMinor
1941-11-14Torrance–GardenaLA Area5.4 MsVIII$1.1 m[17]
1941-06-30Santa BarbaraCentral Coast5.9 MwVIII$100 k[18]
1940-05-18El CentroImperial Valley6.9 MwX920$6 m
1933-03-10Long BeachSouth Coast6.4 MwVIII115–120$40 m
1932-06-06EurekaNorth Coast6.4 MwVIII13Severe
1927-11-04LompocCentral Coast7.3 MwVIIIModerate / tsunami[19]
1925-06-29Santa BarbaraCentral Coast6.8 MwIX13$8 m
1923-01-22Humboldt CountyNorth Coast7.2 MsVIIISevere / tsunami[20]
1920-06-21InglewoodLA Area4.9 MLVIIIMore than $100 k[21]
1918-04-21San JacintoInland Empire6.7 MwIX1Several$200 k
1915-06-22Imperial ValleyImperial Valley5.5 MwVIII6$900 k / doublet[22]
1906-04-18San FranciscoNorthernCentral7.9 MwXI700–3,000+Conflagration / tsunami
1899-12-25San JacintoInland Empire6.7 MwIX6$50 k or more[23]
1898-03-30Mare IslandNorth Bay5.8–6.4 MwVIII–IX$350 k / moderate
1892-04-21Vacaville–WintersCentral Valley6.2 MLaIXDoublet
1892-04-19Vacaville–WintersNorth Bay6.4 MLaIX1$225–250 k / doublet
1892-02-23Laguna SaladaBaja California7.1–7.2 MwVIIIModerate
1873-11-23Crescent CityNorth Coast6.7 MLaVIIIdmge / ground cracks[24]
1872-03-26Lone PineEastern7.4–7.9 MwX2756$250 k / limited
1868-10-21HaywardBay Area6.3–6.7 MwIX30$350 k / moderate
1865-10-08Santa Cruz MtsSanta Cruz Mts6.3 MLaVIII$500 k[25]
1857-01-09Fort TejonCentralSouthern7.9 MwIX2Severe
1838-06-??San AndreasBay Area6.8–7.2 MwVIIIMinor
1812-12-21VenturaCentral Coast7.1 MLaVIII1Tsunami[26]
1812-12-08San Juan CapistranoSouth Coast6.9–7.5VII–IX40Moderate
Stover & Coffman 1993 uses various seismic scalesMla is a local magnitude that is equivalent to ML (Richter magnitude scale) and is used for events that occurred prior to the instrumental period. It is based on the area of perceptibility (as presented on isoseismal maps). Mw = moment magnitude scale and Ms = surface wave magnitude. The inclusion criteria for adding events are based on WikiProject Earthquakesnotability guideline that was developed for stand alone articles. The principles described are also applicable to lists. In summary, only damaging, injurious, or deadly events should be recorded.
dmge = damage, m = million, b = billion

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