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    Default Asteroid Impacts and Nuclear Power



    I always believed asteroid impacts are more common then we thought, at least city destroying asteroids anyway.
    It seems like every month there is an apartment size asteroid going by the Earth. Nasa says there could be tens of thousands or millions of city destroying rocks out there
    undiscovered.
    This latest article on space.com reinforces my belief.

    Red Tape Hinders Study of Asteroid Impacts on Earth | Space.com

    http://www.space.com/25590-asteroid-...612-video.html

    In the on going debate about the safety of nuclear power. One argument never gets mentioned. That is the inevitability of a city destroying asteroid impacting near a nuclear power plant or waste area.. Probably because the idea of an asteroid impact seems so unlikely that it shouldn't be considered. Given that it takes around 100,000 years for nuclear waste to be deemed safe, (no container can contain it for that long and there are vast quantities of it scattered about the Earth ) and the relatively commonality of city destroying asteroids, Id say the chances are pretty good.

    There are over 500 nuclear power plants on Earth, and more are built every year, each one producing tonnes of radioactive waste every year. I heard that just 1 pound of Plutonium divided equally among every person on Earth is enough to kill every one. The more plants we build the more surface area we cover the more we increase our chances.

    The point is if a city destroying asteroid happens to hit near a nuclear area, not only is the city going to be destroyed, but all that radioactivity will be unleashed into the atmosphere, creating a giant Dirty Bomb, spreading tonnes of radiation throughout the world. And if a rarer still but possible state destroying asteroid comes, it doesnt even have strike close to the power plant.

    Last years meteor in Russia just happened to be near a nuclear facility. Think that may be a warning to us all. That nuclear power is not safe like they try to make us believe. And is not a solution to global warming. Lets keep Nuclear power to be used for space exploration and on Earth we can go green. The Sun has all the power we need. . As Astronomers we can voice this real threat against the supporters of Nuclear Power.

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    Default Re: Asteroid Impacts and Nuclear Power

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