quote: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.
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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quote: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.
quote:Might ask the same question about the 3 gorges dam in China...