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July 17, 2019

With 'Fukushima-American-Style' Only One Big Quake Away, Experts Warn That Quake Could 'Threaten The Ability Of The Human Race To Survive On Earth'

- The Deteriorating Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant In California Is Surrounded By Fault Lines

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By Stefan Stanford - All News Pipeline - Live Free Or Die

The July 11th story over at Common Dreams republished at Zero Hedge two days later is enough to give any prepper pause. Titled "The Quake To Make Los Angeles A Radioactive Dead Zone", their story reported that had the previous Friday’s 7.1 earthquake and other ongoing seismic shocks hit less than 200 miles northwest of Ridgecrest/China Lake, ten million people in Los Angeles would now be under an apocalyptic cloud, their lives and those of the state and nation in radioactive ruin. (ANP: Map at the top of this story showing all of the nuclear power plants in California close to the San Andreas Fault is courtesy of Nuclear.News.)

Warning within their story that due to two cracked, embrittled, under-maintained, unregulated, uninsured, an un-inspected atomic reactors at the nuclear power plant at Diablo Canyon, an earthquake in that region could bring about a likely human death toll in the millions and property losses in the trillions, their story also reported this.:

The forever damage to our species’ food supply, ecological support systems, and longterm economy would be very far beyond any meaningful calculation. The threat to the ability of the human race to survive on this planet would be extremely significant.

And while so far Diablo Canyon and the rest of the nuclear power plants near the San Andreas fault line have dodged a bullet, as Common Dreams reports, at least a dozen faults have been identified within a small radius around the reactors. The reactor cores are less than fifty miles from the San Andreas fault, less than half the distance that Fukushima Daiichi was from the epicenter that destroyed four reactors there. From their story they explain what might happen should a large quake hit that region with a warning that the company maintaining them is totally unprepared and bankrupt.: 

Their cores would be melting into the ground. Hydrogen explosions would be blasting the site to deadly dust. One or both melted cores would have burned into the earth and hit ground or ocean water, causing massive steam explosions with physical impacts in the range of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The huge clouds would send murderous radioactive isotopes into the atmosphere that would permanently poison the land, the oceans, the air… and circle the globe again and again, and yet again, filling the lungs of billions of living things with the most potent poisons humans have ever created.

In 2010, badly maintained gas pipes run by Pacific Gas & Electric blew up a neighborhood in San Bruno, killing eight people. PG&E’s badly maintained power lines have helped torch much of northern California, killing 80 people and incinerating more than 10,000 structures.

Now in bankruptcy, with its third president in two years, PG&E is utterly unqualified to run two large, old, obsolete, crumbling atomic reactors which are surrounded by earthquake faults.

Diablo cannot withstand an earthquake of the magnitude now hitting less than 200 miles away. In 2014, the Associated Press reported that Dr. Michael Peck, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s site inspector at Diablo, had warned that the two reactors should be shut because they can’t withstand a seismic shock like the one that has just hit so close.

The NRC tried to bury Peck’s report. They attacked his findings, then shipped him to Tennessee. He’s no longer with the Commission.

Decades before disaster struck at Fukushima Daiichi, millions of Japanese citizens marched to demand atomic reactors NOT be built in a zone riddled by fault lines, washed by tsunamis. In California, ten thousand citizens were arrested demanding the same. Diablo’s owners hid the existence of the Hosgri Fault just three miles from the site.

A dozen more nearby fault lines have since been found, capable in tandem of delivering shocks like the ones shaking Ridgecrest. No significant structural improvements have been made to deal with the newfound fault lines.

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Also reporting within their story that Diablo Canyon is scheduled to be shut down completely by 2024 or 2025, as we see in the image above showing approximate locations of these fault lines, when the plant was originally built, those fault lines were not known about. Talk about disastrous planning, Wikipedia reports Diablo Canyon was originally designed to withstand a 6.75 magnitude earthquake from four faults, including the nearby San Andreas and Hosgri faults, but was later upgraded to withstand a 7.5 magnitude quake.

Yet according to Dr. Michael Peck who was let go from the NRC after warning of major problems at Diablo with his report buried, that might not be the case and with so many previously unknown faults surrounding Diablo, should the 'big one' arrive and set off a chain reaction of quakes, we might have 'Fukushima-American-style'. 

Dr. Peck had been the NRC’s senior resident inspector at the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in California for several years. He was working for the NRC when Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) informed the NRC in late 2008 about the discovery of the Shoreline Fault just offshore of the site. His job assignments included evaluating the impact of this discovery on Diablo Canyon’s safety. Dr. Peck researched the history of earthquake protection requirements at Diablo Canyon and assessed how the Shoreline Fault fit into this picture.

As chronicled in my November 2013 report Seismic Shift: Diablo Canyon Literally and Figuratively on Shaky Ground, Dr. Peck found two kinds of problems:

(1) PG&E had not completely evaluated whether ground motion from an earthquake along the Shoreline Fault could damage vital plant components, and

(2) the evaluations PG&E had performed of other related issues used methods and assumptions that were unacceptable to the NRC.

Dr. Peck’s findings led him to conclude that the homework required for Diablo Canyon to continue operating safely had not been completed satisfactorily and therefore neither the company nor the NRC had adequate legal basis for the plant’s operation. He filed reports via two internal NRC processes—the non-concurrence and differing professional opinion (DPO) processes—to register his convictions and compel the agency to address them. The NRC is still assessing his latter DPO report, the one obtained and posted by FOE.


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With the devastation caused to the Pacific Ocean's wildlife from the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown still fresh on our minds, even if not on anybody else's, just imagine the kind of damage that could be done to America, our food supply and our ecosystem should we ever have the same kind of massive meltdown at one of our nuclear power plants as what happened in Japan back in 2011 following the devastating quake there. 

Mike Adams had also warned of this potential catastrophe recently in this story titled "California’s nuclear power plants built in close proximity to the San Andreas fault, setting up catastrophic “Fukushima” event for the West Coast" as also heard in the only video below in which Mike warns us how Southern California could be turned into a nuclear wasteland. 

A Natural News investigation into the geolocation of nuclear power facilities in California reveals that five nuclear facilities were built in close proximity to the San Andreas fault line, with some constructed right in the middle of earthquake zones that have up to a 50% chance of a severe earthquake every 30 years.

One nuclear power plant – the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant which produces 2,160 megawatts — was constructed on the coast, making it extremely vulnerable to the very same kind of ocean water surge that destroyed the Fukushima-Daiichi facility which suffered a 2011 meltdown in Japan. That nuclear catastrophe — which was dutifully covered up by the entire western media for months — was caused by an underwater earthquake that produced a tsunami wave which engulfed the facility. California’s Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant is positioned on the coastline in the exact same way, making it highly vulnerable to underwater earthquakes or other events such as underwater caldera explosions that can produce massive tsunami waves.

There are five additional nuclear power facilities in California which are in various stages of being decommissioned, and many of them continues to store nuclear fuel on sight. Four of the five were constructed in close proximity to the San Andreas fault, with only one — the Rancho Seco Nuclear Power Plant — located in an area with a near-zero chance of an earthquake. The Humboldt Bay Nuclear Power Plant, located north of San Francisco, was constructed almost exactly on the San Andreas fault.


And while for most of us who are nowhere near California nor the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, and what happens there might seem like a world away, Fukushima provided proof to us that deadly radiation will travel all across the planet, with Fukushima's radiation ending up all around the world.
 
So while Diablo Canyon is a nuclear power plant and not a dirty bomb, should it meltdown, what happened at Fukushima is proof the radiation would travel across the entire country and the world nonetheless. Business Insider put out this story several years ago containing information from FEMA who recommends each of our emergency kits have these bare miniumum essential items in a portable bag:

Water: 1 gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation.

Food: at least a three-day supply of nonperishable food.

Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both.

Flashlight and extra batteries.

First-aid kit.

Whistle to signal for help.

Dust mask to help filter contaminated air, and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place.

Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation.

Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.

Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food).

Local maps.

And we've also added in Cresson P. Kearny's "Nuclear War Survival Skills" for your information at the bottom of this story.



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