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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_Channel_floods,_1607GASMON wrote:Tsunami off England today.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ ... NWALL.html
Only 2 feet high, but caused by an undersea landslide. Scary stuff !!!
An investigation is underway in attempt to determine who used explosives to blow up levees upriver and east of Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station around 10:00 Friday morning. The levee explosions come less than a week after workers punctured the aqua-dam, recently erected to help protect the nuclear station from rising waters, sending thousands of tons of flood waters into the nuclear plant area.
"Someone went in and basically breached that levee, blew it up," Wilber told reporters for KETV.
"So, the water that was pooling there is now basically flowing back down."
County officials reported that a half-mile stretch of Vanmann #30 levee near Desoto Bend was mechanically excavated and then lowered by using explosives Friday morning but they did not know who was responsible according to KETV News.
People in the Fort Calhoun area heard explosions and then realized the levees were being exploded. They phoned Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Theulen on Friday morning, wanting to know why levees were being blown up.
A local levee board blew a hole in a private levee about 14 miles northwest of Council Bluffs to let pooling water back into the Missouri River, Pottawattamie County officials said.
The explosion Friday along the Vanmann #30 levee came during the worst flood season on the Missouri in more than a half-century.
It spurred a handful of calls asking what in the world was going on.
County authorities were a bit peeved. Private citizens blowing up their own private levees isn't illegal, but some warning for the county would have been nice, Wilber said.
“Everybody is on a fine edge right now,” said Wilber, who also serves as the county's flooding spokesman.
“If you are going to blow a levee in Pottawattamie County, one would think we'd be notified,” Wilber said. “I don't know if we could have stopped them or not.”
The situation started when the levee board decided to increase the height of the levee after the corps released its flood inundation maps in May.
“We responded to our citizens' pleas to raise our levee,” said Lyle McIntosh of the levee board. “We raised it two to three feet ... to protect against a higher rise.”
But on Saturday, an upstream levee near Missouri Valley broke, and “our levee became a bathtub.”
McIntosh said the board had pleaded with local and national agencies for help before it blew the barrier down to its previous height.
“Our levees are being tested as never before,” Wilber said. “No one wants to be surprised right now.”
In 2006 OPPD began to temporarily store spent fuel rods above ground in mausoleum-like concrete structures outside the Ft Calhoun nuclear plant.
"There's really no plausible scenario that could cause the canisters to open up and leak," OPPD's nuclear projects manager at the Fort Calhoun plant, Bernard Van Sant, says confidently. Van Sant said he personally believes on-site storage here is so safe that a permanent disposal site elsewhere isn't necessary.
"When the Fort Calhoun station was designed, the pool used to store spent fuel was never intended to be a permanent storage site. The same is true for the dry cask storage facility we use. It was not designed with the intent to be a permanent solution," Jones said.
If an evacuation was issued, why hasn't anyone in the supposed evacuation area been evacuated? I am in that area RIGHT NOW...still plenty of people here. Hwy 30 is closed so they can install flood barriers, it should be opened back up tomorrow. The plant has been offline since April 9th. the top of the spent fuel rod storage is at 1036 feet...the river is at 1006.
Energy Minister Eric Besson announced on radio Europe 1 the launch of a study on Friday on the country’s energy mix by 2050, with options including a complete exit from nuclear production, a cut in the share of nuclear to 50 percent and a progressive reduction of total electricity production in France.
“We will study all possible scenarios for what we call the energy mix,” he said. “It will be done with total objectivity, in full transparency, without avoiding any scenario (…) including the scenarios of a nuclear exit.”
An energy ministry official told Reuters one scenario would consider a total exit from nuclear by 2050, or even 2040.
dohboi wrote:Thanks for the response, cog.
Did you notice, though, that wind does blow and sun does shine in and near France?
In fact there is a little thing called the Sahara just a few hundred miles away that has vast open spaces with lots and lots of sunshine.
But, I know it can be very difficult for some people to think about more than one thing at a time, and you seem to have hit on your one thing to think about, and you're stickin' to it.
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