State Oceanic Administration: Chinese nuclear power plants face risk of tsunami

June 13, in a report published today, the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) warned nuclear power plants the risk of tsunami.

In China Ocean Development Report (2012) the SOA pointed out that China’s coastal areas locate near the circum-Pacific seismic belt, facing the threats of local tsunami and transoceanic tsunami. According to incomplete statistics, over the past 2000 years, China has a total of 52 tsunami.

Nuclear power station needs to consume large amount of water, all operational nuclear power stations are built in coastal areas. Once a major nuclear accident occurred in the densely populated coastal areas of China, the consequences could be disastrous.

The report recommends the government to further optimize the network of marine hydrological observation stations in the peripheral islands and offshore areas, establish and improve the marine disaster emergency response mechanism.