Jos Deuling, Sunday, 15 April 2012
Planning to buy a second home in France? France has 20 nuclear power plants. Search in Google maps for French nuclear power reactors within a radius
of 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 kilometers of a given location. Click on the marker for a pop-up with the name, address and Wikipedia url of the power
Should it come to an accident in a nuclear power plant and radioactivity escapes from the reactor, the government recommends evacuating the local
around the wrecked reactor. Everybody in a radius of 10 to 25 kilometers around the affected nuclear power plant should leave the area.
In an area of 100 kilometers of the accident, people are advised to stay in their homes and take iodine tablets if necessary. Agricultural land at a
distance up to 100 kilometers from the nuclear power station should be covered - animals should remain in stables.
Not only the distance to the nuclear power plant accident is important. The weather plays an important role in such a case. The degree of
contamination depends on wind speed, wind direction and rainfall.