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