Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Iran’s Bushehr Nuclear Plant Not Affected by Quake - IAEA

The IAEA said today that the earthquake that struck Iran’s Bushehr province has not affected the country’s Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant.

“Iran has informed (the IAEA) of the event, reporting that there has been no damage to the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant and no radioactive release from the installation,” the IAEA said in a statement issued on Wednesday. (IRNA/Press TV, 10 April)

A strong earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale struck the town of Kaki, some 90 kilometers southeast of Bushehr on Tuesday. At least 37 people were killed and more than 850 others were injured.

The Bushehr nuclear power plant is located about 160 kilometers (100 Miles) away from the epicenter of the quake.

File photo: Bushehr nuclear power plant (IRNA)


Anonymous said...

I bet the Russians are disappointed that they can't milk a few more millions out of this gullible anti Iranian regime.

Anonymous said...

From a construction and engineering point, the Bushehr plant is very modern in design and safety technology, and both Russian and Iranian engineers and architects took into account its seismic prone location. This quake will provide valuable data for incorporating more advanced quake proof technologies in the construction of future nuclear plants. In any case the design of Bushehr is far more advanced than the ill-fated Japanese Fukushima plant which was based on cookie-cutter US technology and commissioned in 1971 and was over 40 years old and literally falling apart. The Russians learnt a lot of valuable lessons after Chernobyl and are perhaps the most advanced in nuclear technology and construction, just like their supremacy in the aerospace sector.

Anonymous said...

"just like their supremacy in the aerospace sector"

Who? Russia? Not even close. And US nuclear reactors are also way ahead of them, for propulsion anyway. Don't know about civilian reactors.

Anonymous said...

Not really, while US due to unnecessary Zionist fanned lost wars is a deadbeat that can't even complete the so-called Dreamliner, F-22 or F-35 (all junk or billions over budget. Russia and China have deployed at least 4 variants of 5th generation stealth fighters including the Pak-FA and J-20. In any case Russians were the first in space. The problem is that no sane person one in the world believes US Hollywood fantasies and lies anymore.

Russia and China are cooperating in all fields, particularly in the space sector and with their unlimited funds and brainpower the bankrupt and deadbeat US has no chance.

In the 21st century, Russia should preserve its status of the leading space power. Therefore, the development of our space capabilities is set to be the top priority of state policy. Our attention to this industry will be increasing,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

Putin said that by 2020, the Russian government is planning to allocate some 1.6 trillion rubles (about $52 billion) to the national space industry.

By 2030, the turnover of the space industry globally might grow by five times, reaching $1.5 trillion from its current $300-400 billion. Russia must use this window of opportunity to ensure it achieves a leading role in the world’s space industry, Putin explained.

Construction of the new Vostochny cosmodrome in the Amur Region in Russia’s Far East, near the Chinese border, will cost Russia almost $20 billion. Putin said the installation will host a scientific center, and proposed a name for the town being constructed for the personnel of the launch site – Tsiolkovsky, for the founder of Russian and Soviet rocket construction, astronautic theoretician Konstantin Tsiolkovsky.

Vostochny Cosmodrome will feature two launch pads, one each for light- and medium-class Soyuz-2 rocket boosters. The pads are due to be completed by 2015. Beginning in 2018, Vostochny will be capable of performing manned space launches.

Simultaneously to the president’s visit to Vostochny cosmodrome, the Russian Parliament has proposed to make Cosmonautics Day, April 12, an official holiday celebrated nationwide. For over half of a century, the USSR and later Russia celebrate the day when Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space in 1961, when he orbited Earth for 108 minutes.