Re: Energy and "the Clash of Civilizations" -- a policy thoughtproblem

From: John Clark (
Date: Sat Sep 29 2001 - 22:36:38 MDT

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  From: Ken Clements
>I predict the plane would go right through and give you a nice fuel-air explosion inside the containment.

  Nuclear containment buildings are big but not that big. With the limited oxygen inside only a small amount of fuel would ignite and I doubt if a fuel air type explosion is particularly good at shattering concrete anyway. But if you hit a graphite reactor with even a small airplane there could be a problem, they have no containment building at all. The USA only has one such reactor at Hanford Washington to produce Tritium and I think it's shut down, however there are lots of them in Russia, like Chernobyl.

     John K Clark


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