Continuing an order-of-magnitude calculation for India based on population densities around nuclear plants, I can estimate, roughly, the population at risk due to proximity to a nuclear plant. For a 50 mile (ie 80km) evacuation radius around the current and proposed nuclear power plants in India, I essentially get an identical plot as in the first post on this issue except each number is 16 times larger ( from a squared area factor between 20 and 80 km radius). A sum total of all these amounts to a whopping 122 million i.e. 10% of India’s current population. This is the population living at risk of a nuclear incidence.

Are we willing to risk so many?

http://maptd.com/map/earthquake_activity_vs_nuclear_power_plants/

Do zoom in, fool around and toggle between India’s heat and earthquake marker maps. Jaitapur is between Kaiga and Tarapur marked here and Srikakulum north of Kalpakam; both areas have had their share of greater than 4.5 quakes.

 

by Arati Chokshi

The author blogs about nuclear and other things at aratichokshi.blogspot.com