(You can also listen to the podcast on EMP and EMP Protection.)
Be sure to check out the videos I did that demonstrates shielding against a 50,000 watt AM signal, and the Surviving EMP Mini-Guide:
- The Preparedness Podcast Mini-Guide: Surviving EMP [Kindle Edition] ebook
- Testing Faraday shielding for EMP, part 1
- Testing Faraday shielding for EMP, part 2
- Testing Faraday shielding for EMP, part 3
There is a little talked about, but extremely important aspect what an EMP attack or major CME event would have on nuclear reactors. If your home or retreat area is near a nuclear reactor, you need to know about this very important fact that you’re not likely to hear much about.
Basically, a nuclear reactor needs external power to operate. When the power grid goes down, diesel generators are supposed to kick on and supply power to the plant.
What happens when those generators don’t start? Or, if they do start, what happens when they run out of diesel fuel, say, in a week or so?
Keep in mind that nuclear reactors in the US are designed very safely, but this safety design is based on the assumption is that there will always be electricity flowing into the plant. In a nutshell, these reactors must have water continually pumped into them to cool the reactors. If this water stops, what happens is akin to the Fukushima nuclear disaster of March 2011!
When there is no electricity to pump the water through the cooling system, the water around the cores starts to boil away and eventually the core is exposed. When the cores are exposed, the cladding begins to melt and/or catch on fire. The reactor is designed with a containment building around it to contain any radiation, fire and pressure that may occur during this type of event. This is great, except
When spent fuel rods are taken offline, they are kept onsite and under water because they also need to be kept cool. Basically, the building they are kept in has no special containment or other safeties that the active core has, because they aren’t under active fission. However, the water surrounding these spent cores also needs to be circulated to keep these cores cooled.
When this water can’t be circulated, the same thing starts to happen as it would in an active core: the water boils away exposing the hot cores and the radioactive steam begins to build. However, whereas the active core is shielded against this sort of thing by the containment building, the spent fuel rods do not have a containment structure over it.
Again, look at what happened in the Fukushima disaster and you’ll get an idea of what will probably happen to reactors all over the US. One of the biggest issues with the Fukushima nuclear power plant was in the building where the spent cores were being stored. When the tsunami damaged the diesel generators, there was no power to keep the cores cooled.
If your home or retreat is within 50 miles, possibly 100 miles, of a nuclear power plant, you need to adapt your preparedness plan accordingly.