This infographic takes a look at the number of nuclear explosions since 1945 around the world. Using a map it shows which country executed the explosion, which were water explosions, how many atmospheric tests and how many were underground tests.
The New York Times takes a look at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s record of oversight.
In today’s world, we cannot avoid reading about millisievert numbers and alternative denominations of “dose equivalent radiation” in the news, together with comparative statements as “7.5 million times the legal limit” (Does it matter? What about 8.5 million? 7.5 trillion anyone?) and other relatively complex comparisons and limits that combine exposures by hours, with those of days or years equivalent.
Now seems like a good week to revisit this set of 105 reactor wall charts, uploaded by the University of New Mexico. The dates next to each chart relate to the issue of Nuclear Engineering International magazine in which they first appeared. Ronald Knief, a nuclear engineer from Sandia National Laboratories, assembled the image collection.
Japan Earthquake Graphic: Monitoring a meltdown
A look at the most damaged Japanese nuclear plant, the Fukishima Daiichi complex.
Photos: Crisis deepens in Japan
Japan Earthquake Graphic: The battered coastline
Graphic: Nuclear plant blasts
Graphic: Meltdown fears: Inside a boiling water reactor
Graphic: Disaster in Japan The Aftermath
Videos of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami
Fukushima infographic, courtesy of Reuters, to visualize what has happened up to 2011-03-15.
As recent events have shown in Japan, nuclear power plants are just as vulnerable to natural disasters as anything else. So here at Sunlight we were curious about the locations of domestic nuclear reactors. Using data from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Geological Survey, we generated the following map, which shows the location of the aforementioned reactors (there are 104 of them) vis-a-vis geological fault lines. We also included locations of significant historical earthquakes. Take a look and see if we might be vulnerable to a nuclear disaster if/when “the big one” hits, and click on the red dots to learn more about each nuclear power plant.
via Kurt White
Well, this is horrifying. Too bad this isn’t old enough to be included in I Love Old Magazines.