Wednesday 29 February 2012

The Threat fromTsunamis re: New Nuclear Power Stations in the U.K

Quote: "Oldbury nuclear power station near Bristol has stopped generating electricity after 45 years.

Both of the station's reactors were scheduled to be turned off in 2008, but had their operational life extended.

Reactor two was turned off in 2011 and reactor one was finally shut down at 11:00 GMT on Wednesday.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Magnox, which owns the site, said continued operation was not economically viable.

The switch-off was watched through a video link by many of the station's 500 staff in Oldbury's canteen.

"It'll be a sad day but there's plenty of other things to do," said station director Phil Sprauge.

'Dignified end'

"The plant has had a number of enhancements over the years, however continued generation is largely down to the excellence of the staff that have operated the plant for those 44 years.

"This fantastic record is one that all staff both past and present, can rightly be proud.

"Today marks a safe and dignified end to the generation of electricity at Oldbury."

Since it was first turned on in 1967, Oldbury has generated 137.5 TWh of electricity which is enough to power a million homes for 20 years, the site's owners said.

Over the next three years the decommissioning process will begin, with remaining fuel from the station's reactor removed and reprocessed.

After this, other hazardous materials from the site will be removed before many of the station's buildings are demolished.

The main reactor building will not be pulled down until about 2100 when the radioactive levels in the building become safe.

Horizon Nuclear Power - a conglomerate formed by E.On and RWE - hopes to build a new power station, next to the existing reactor building, after 2025." Go to,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1024&bih=571&wrapid=tlif133052160085910&q=Oldbury+Bristol&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x487197cfecbf6a4f:0x3840c63946a634bc,Oldbury-on-Severn,+South+Gloucestershire&gl=uk&ei=DyZOT4e5EcrMsgbqyOijDw&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CCAQ8gEwAA

Quote: ""..a 2005 BBC2 Timewatch documentary which was postponed and re-edited after the Asian tsunami due to its sudden topicality. It documented how, out of a clear blue sky on 30th January 1607, nearly 600 km of the Devon, Somerset and Welsh coast was inundated by a wave of up to 7.5m (25ft). The ‘largest and most destructive flood in British history’ , it may have been caused by a tsunami deriving from an undersea quake, the wave reaching up to 14 miles inland (to the foot of Glastonbury Tor), leaving a temporary inland sea of over 200 square miles for ten days, and drowning around 2,000. For the benefit of sceptics, the academic study the documentary was based on pointed out a 1755 seaquake off Portugal had sent out a 15m (49ft) high tsunami that killed nearly 50,000. There has also been a claim a tsunami hit Dorset in 1868 – luckily the relatively deserted stretch of shore west of Portland."


..I watched the "Timewatch" documentary when it was screened, the evidence for the tsunami it dealt with seemed very strong as did that of they're estimation for the event's source (the point where the European continental shelf ends some considerable miles S.W of Ireland in the N.Atlantic)." ..Also...
"Underline mine; I had a pdf file map of Britain showing the various nuclear facilities which I have, unfortunately, been unable to find again having lost the file owing to a PC crash. There were two facilities detailed at the very mouth of The Severn itself on either side of the estuary. It struck me at the time that any tsunamic event which might hit the area would strike these sites with tremendous force and almost certainly distribute radioactive contaminant all over the already devasted region.

..and this from WalesOnline ..." From "Penguins Can Fly (Re:Channel Tunnel)!" Updated, go to

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