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    A major quake could release plutonium from Los Alamos lab

    A Major Quake Could Release Plutonium From Los Alamos Lab | 80beats | Discover Magazine

    Federal experts believe that a major earthquake could trigger fires at Los Alamos National Laboratory, releasing radioactive materials and endangering lives. The rupture of a seismic fault that runs underneath the lab would shake the ground more than scientists previously thought, according to a new report (PDF). A natural disaster here would be bad news, since the lab, just west of Santa Fe, is the main plutonium factory in the United States, believed to hold thousands of pounds of plutonium for use in nuclear weapons (the actual amount is classified).
    Fortunately there aren't too many earthquakes in the New Mexican desert. But if any structure needs to be earthquake proofed, it's something like this.
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    Re: A major quake could release plutonium from Los Alamos lab

    I agree with your assessment but I believe the correct term is Earth quake resistant as nothing is earthquake proof, as I'm sure you know. Living a mere 6 miles from the San Andreas I wish proof were an option, but then moving certainly is.
    It turns out that if you do a bit of research you will find no place on earth is immune to earth quakes of a significant magnitude to do substantial damage. The only question is frequency and even that is questionable. Hell we seem to be under a bit of a threat of the Yellowstone Super Volcano blowing within a the not too distant future and if that were to happen who knows what kind of quakes could be set off for long distances.
    One thing for sure is I hope they are taking this seriouly enough to do something logical and prudent about the threat.
    Now here's place for some Obama bucks to do some real good and create a couple jobs in the process.

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    Re: A major quake could release plutonium from Los Alamos lab

    And a meteorite might hit it, so defend against that too.
    Climate, changes. It takes a particularly uneducated population to buy into the idea that it's their fault climate is changing and further political solutions can fix it.



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    Re: A major quake could release plutonium from Los Alamos lab

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    Now here's place for some Obama bucks to do some real good and create a couple jobs in the process.
    On national defense?

    Don't be silly. Messiahbucks are for donors.

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