TORNADO VERSUS NUCLEAR
This could have gone really, really badly. A tornado hit a nuclear research reactor on the Kansas State University campus last week. Though the tornado flattened other buildings on the campus, including the Wind Erosion Laboratory, the reactor was untouched. Luckily, someone had the forethought to shut the thing down properly earlier in the day.
The tornado caused extensive damage to the building, but no damage to the reactor, which had been shut down properly earlier in the day, the university said.
The reactor is located in Manhattan in Riley County, about 120 miles west of Kansas City, Missouri.
Because of the event, the university declared an alert, which is the second lowest of the NRC’s four emergency classifications.
There are more than 30 operating research and test reactors in the United States, according to the NRC’s website.
. . . . .THIS NEWS ITEM FROM REUTERS JUNE 21-2009 .. . . . . .LUCKY THIS TIME ...BUT THE TORNADO SEASON HAS JUST BEGUN. . .NEXT TIME ....MAYBE NOT SO LUCKY...NUCLEAR IS NOT CLEAN OR GREEN . . . .SAY NO TO NUCLEAR INDUSTRY.