February 9, 2017

What kind of hazards to nuclear power plants occur that originate outside the plants?

External hazards originate outside the site, and may affect the plant or station as a hole. The following external hazards have to be considered and, where appropriate for the particular circumstances of the site, taken into account in the plant design:

  • Earthquakes.
  • Extreme weather, for example, extreme air or sea temperatures, wind speed, rain or snow, lightning, tornados, or hurricanes.
  • Site flooding, for example by tidal waves.
  • Aircraft crashes.
  • Ground settlement and subsidence.
  • Hazards from off-site industrial activity.
  • Dangerous substances.
  • Sabotage.


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