Asked by M. C., San Clemente, CA • Thu Mar 24, 2011
Is anyone concerned about the safety of the San Onofre nuclear generating station? San Onofre was built to withstand a 7.0 earthquake. KPBS cites an environmental reporter who says the "slip shake" fault should not cause a quake larger than 7.0. He says an earthquake of the magnitude that struck Japan in March of 2011 should not happen in San Clemente.
In contrast, the San Clemente Times quotes a civil engineer and safety expert who says concerning the current safety measures at San Onofre, â€œI would like to see them go above and beyond this because they are in a very highly populated areas.â€ So the environmental reporter is not concerned but the engineer is concerned.
The Richter scale is a logarithmic scale, so it seems that a magnitude 9 earthquake is one hundred times as strong as a magnitude 7 earthquake. What do you believe to be true about the safety of the San Onofre plant?
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