Natural Hazards

, Volume 63, Issue 2, pp 1273–1278 | Cite as

Civil nuclear power at risk of tsunamis

  • Joaquin Rodriguez-Vidal
  • Jose M. Rodriguez-LlanesEmail author
  • Debarati Guha-Sapir
Short Communication


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.


Nuclear power Risk assessment Development Tsunami Earthquake 



The FEDER–Spanish MICINN project (CGL2010-15810) and the agreement number AID-OFDA-A-10-00009 funded this work. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. We thank A. Diaz for assistance with map edition, C. Finlayson for comments. The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joaquin Rodriguez-Vidal
    • 1
  • Jose M. Rodriguez-Llanes
    • 2
    Email author
  • Debarati Guha-Sapir
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Geodynamics and PaleontologyUniversity of HuelvaHuelvaSpain
  2. 2.Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, Institute of Health and SocietyUniversité catholique de LouvainBrusselsBelgium

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