Floating nuclear plants could withstand earthquakes and tsunamis

A new design for nuclear plants built on floating platforms, modeled after those used for offshore oil drilling, could help avoid such consequences in the future. Such floating plants would be designed to be automatically cooled by the surrounding seawater in a worst-case scenario, which would indefinitely prevent any melting of fuel rods, or escape of radioactive material.


Writer: David L. Chandler, MIT News Office
Illustration: Courtesy of Jake Jurewicz/MIT-NSE

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