If Fukushima had happened in Somerset
Major accidents in civil nuclear reactors have come at intervals of roughly 20 years, mostly without the severe stress imposed by a tsunami. Here are two animations showing where the radioactivity would have gone if Hinkley Point had been hit by a tsunami on the day the Fukushima catastrophe began. (In 1607 the Bristol Channel was the scene of a tsunami which caused an 8 metre flood.)
Here is a report on the assumptions used in this exercise.
Ground deposition levels from a hypothetical accident at Hinkley Point.
Concentration levels from a hypothetical accident at Hinkley Point
Posted 17th May 2011
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