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Experts rule out Japan type nuke disaster in the US

March 29, 2011 - Washington

Though the U.S. earthquake zone is active, scientists say ingredients do not exist there for a Japan-style nuclear disaster.

"There is that uncertainty when you hear that something has happened because you don't understand," said Jeff King, interim director of the Nuclear Science and Engineering Program at the Colorado School of Mines.

He added: "I would say Americans should actually be very comfortable (about) those plants."

King, a former Department of Energy nuclear facility on-site inspector, is not working directly with officials on the Japan disaster, and he noted that it would be some time before a final report is completed.

He told Fox News that the early diagnosis for the nuclear accident in Japan had more to do with the tsunami that followed the March 11 earthquake and the power loss to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility than the 8.9 magnitude temblor.

The United States is home to 104 nuclear plants, 15 of which are located in the what's known as the New Madrid Seismic Zone, a region defined by a fault line of the same name.


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