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California’s nuclear power plant on the coast

After the tsunami hit the Fukashima reactor in Japan, shutting it down and causing damage and some radiation leaks (but no deaths), many people wonder if it couldn’t happen here.

It could. The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station between Los Angeles and San Diego is exposed to the sea, much like the Fukashima power plant is.

Lat/lon: 33.368922 -117.554784

This view below from aerial photography show just how close the two reactor vessels and all the infrastructure are to the sea.

Note how close Interstate 5 it is also.

Image from Bing Maps – see yourself interactively here

A beach level view from Panaramio below:

Image by Ryan Frazer

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