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Pete at Home
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Tuesday's quake was the second significant one in Iran in a week.

An April 9 earthquake near the country's only nuclear power plant killed 37 people and injured at least 850 more, leaving entire villages devastated.

Despite the scare caused by that quake, Iran pledged that it would continue to build more reactors in the heavily seismic region, which is hundreds of miles from the site of the latest temblor, on the other side of the country's south.


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Over/under on long before an earthquake results in a nuclear explosion?
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If you ask the Starship Enterprise computer, I'm sure you could get the count-down to the second.
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Pete at Home
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I'm not an expert, but I suspect that Chernobyl-style melt is more likely than an actual nuclear explosion.
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Ok, I'll go with that. Why would anyone build a nuclear reactor in an area that was geographically unstable? Seems like certain disaster. Certain.
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My guess is that the goal isn't long-term power, but rather preparation of plutonium.
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quote:
Originally posted by edgmatt:
Ok, I'll go with that. Why would anyone build a nuclear reactor in an area that was geographically unstable? Seems like certain disaster. Certain.

Might ask the same question about the 3 gorges dam in China... not one but two *major* fault lines... among other environmental concerns.
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Over/under on long before an earthquake results in a nuclear explosion?
Virtually impossible. Nuclear triggers are high-precision instruments. They don't go off because they get bounced around too much any more than your piano would play a concerto if an earthquake dumped a jar of marbles on the keyboard.

As Pete suggested a meltdown or other release of nuclear materials is a much greater risk.

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Might ask the same question about the 3 gorges dam in China...
Or the San Onofre nuclear plant in California.

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