Short Communication

Natural Hazards

, Volume 63, Issue 2, pp 1273-1278

Civil nuclear power at risk of tsunamis

  • Joaquin Rodriguez-VidalAffiliated withDepartment of Geodynamics and Paleontology, University of Huelva
  • , Jose M. Rodriguez-LlanesAffiliated withCentre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, Institute of Health and Society, Université catholique de Louvain Email author 
  • , Debarati Guha-SapirAffiliated withCentre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, Institute of Health and Society, Université catholique de Louvain

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Abstract

Tsunamis have caused severe destruction to vulnerable populations through the ages. Commonly generated from oceanic subduction zones, they still remain difficult to predict. Recent instrumental record on risk of occurrence can be enhanced when complemented by historical, archeological, and geological studies. We assessed the coast at risk and overlaid civilian nuclear sites active, in expansion and under construction. The worldwide distribution of threatened nuclear sites revealed a clustering in South and South-East Asia. We identified four areas for urgent policy attention, including the need for funding to translate scientific risks assessment into effective policy.

Keywords

Nuclear power Risk assessment Development Tsunami Earthquake