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What happened at Fukushima?
« on: 14/04/2011 01:30:04 »
To bring us up to date with events at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, and explain how his own work fits in with this week's Nuclear Science Question and Answer theme, we're joined by Dr Ian Farnan from the Department of Earth Sciences at Cambridge University...
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What happened at Fukushima?
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« Reply #2 on: 14/07/2011 16:55:41 »
I bumped into this article today.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110713a2.html

The Fukushima Nuclear Plant site was actually on a hill, 35 meters above the sea level.  Due to a number of factors including the cost of pumping cooling water from sea level up to the plant, 25 meters was shaved off the top of the bluff so that the plant could be constructed only 10 meters above sea level. 

And, beyond that, they dug down an additional 14 meters to build a basement (is that below sea level?)

Had they built the plant near the original grade, there would have been no tsunami damage beyond the pumping station.
 

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