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Two nuclear reactors pose “a credible threat of a severe accident” in S. Texas

Posted by feww on August 30, 2017

Flooding could cause electrical fires, other cascading events, triggering severe accidents leading to meltdown –Report

Watchdog groups have raised concerns of “a credible threat of a severe accident” at two nuclear reactors still operating at full capacity despite severe flooding caused by hurricane HARVEY, a report said.

South Texas Project’s Main Cooling Reservoir is surrounded by a 20km-long earth and cement dike. 

The groups called for the immediate shutdown of the South Texas Project, which sits behind an embankment at risk of breaching, given the volume of water raining down in the region.

“Both the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the STP operator have previously recognized a credible threat of a severe accident initiated by a breach of the embankment wall that surrounds the 7,000-acre reactor cooling water reservoir,” said the director of the Reactor Oversight Project with Beyond Nuclear in Takoma Park, Maryland.

“The top of the cooling reservoir wall is between 65 and 67 feet above mean sea level, with the reactor site situated below at 29 feet above mean sea level.”

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Texas Floods Update:

  • Port Arthur Shelter Has Been Inundated by Rising Floodwater
  • The entire town of Port Arthur in under water, the mayor reported.
  • Texas has activated 14,000 National Guards (up from 12,000), with an additional 10,000 on standby.
  • Hurricane related fatalities have reached 30, and expected to rise, according to reports.
  • About 30,000 people have so far fled their homes in Houston area [20,000 homes have been evacuated.]
  • Incidents of looting and armed robberies have forced authorities to impose a midnight to 5:00 am curfew in Houston area.
  • Areas impacted by HARVEY is much larger than either KATRINA, or SANDY, TX governor said.
  • As much as 140cm of rain has fallen in some areas, since Friday.
  • “I have asked for and received an expansion of the number of counties added to the federal disaster declaration… We have added 14 counties. Now the total is 33 counties,” TX governor said.



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Evacuation Warning Issued by Brazoria County, TX

Posted by feww on August 29, 2017


Columbia Lake Levee Has Been Breached

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FIRE-EARTH Raises Hurricane HARVEY Disaster Designation Level

Posted by feww on August 27, 2017

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Hurricane HARVEY disaster designation raised to “Level 2” on FEWW Disaster Scale

FIRE-EARTH Science has raised the disaster designation for the area impacted by Hurricane HARVEY  to “Level 2” on the FEWW Disaster Scale B of 1 – 14. [It’s the equivalent of a magnitude 3.2 catastrophe on FEWW Disaster Scale A.]

[Issued by FIRE-EARTH Science Team.]

  • Additional info available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.


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HURRICANE HARVEY: Catastrophic Winds, Floods Forecast for Texas

Posted by feww on August 25, 2017

Hurricane HARVEY Status Fri Aug 25 [NHC]

Summary of Information at 6:00 AM CDT (11:00 UTC) –  [NHC/NOAA]

Max Sustained Winds: 110 mph [177km/hr; currently a Category 2B Hurricane on FEWW Hurricane Scale] and Strengthening

  • Location: 26.3°N, 95.7°W 
    About 145 mi (235km) SE OF CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS
    About 150 mi (245) SSE OF PORT O’CONNOR, TEXAS
  • Movement: NW (315 degrees) at 10 MPH (17 km/h)
  • MCP: 952 MB  (28.11 inches)

Authorities have warned residents in coastal areas and beyond to evacuate their homes amid potentially “life-threatening winds and floods.”

The strengthening hurricane, forecast to become a Cat 4 hurricane with winds of up to 125 mph (200 km/h), could dump as much as 36 inches (100 cm) of rain on parts of Texas, and cause storm surge as high as 12 feet (3.65 meters).

“Life-threatening and devastating flooding expected near the coast due to heavy rainfall and storm surge,” the NHC said.

State of Disaster
Texas governor has declared a state of disaster for 30 counties and has ordered the Texas Department of Public Safety’s State Operations Center to upgrade its readiness status before HARVEY hits.

Mass Evacuations
Multiple mandatory and voluntary evacuations are currently in effect.

Potential for Disaster
“If a hurricane hits the thousands of storage tanks — ones that hold the world’s largest concentrations of oil, gases and chemicals — that line the Houston Ship Channel just right, more than 25 feet of water could shoot up the channel. And if even one tank ruptured because of it, hundreds of thousands of people could be impacted,” said a report.

Satellite Imagery


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