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History's lessons on quakes and the semi industry

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Sanjib.A
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Sanjib.A   3/27/2011 5:58:40 PM
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Thank you Dan for a very informative article. It might be purely coincidental, but the magnitude of the earth quake has increased every time for the last three incidents! Has the estimation of the damage due to the recent earthquake/ tsunami in Japan been completed? How long it might take to recover for the electronics industry?

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daleste   3/26/2011 7:35:57 PM
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@rspell2, thank you very much for the update. I know that modern reactors are ready for these incidents, but why did Japan not retire or retrofit the older facilities to be ready for this? Of course it was unexpected, but the new reactors are able to withstand it. They must have known the older ones were not.

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rpell2   3/26/2011 6:52:41 PM
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The nuclear plants at Fukushima were designed for earthquakes, and even tsunamis - though apparently not for one of the size that actually occurred: "While the media focuses on the serious problems in a single cluster of older reactors, the more modern reactors shut down gracefully. Of 54 reactors in Japan with a combined capacity of 48 gigawatts, five clusters were affected by the quake with four shutting down successfully despite sometimes significant damage. The cluster closest to the epicenter of the quake was Onagawa. It experienced significant damage, including a fire, but shut down without problems. Fukushima Daiichi isn't far from its slightly newer sister plant, Fukushima Dainii. The four reactors at Dainii shutdown successfully despite significant damage caused by the quake. The two plants were designed to withstand a 5.7 metre tsunami, but the tsunami that hit these two plants was 14 metres high." Link: http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/cancer-deaths-in-japan-will-be-from-alcohol-and-ciggies/

daleste
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daleste   3/26/2011 6:14:17 PM
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Very good article. I enjoyed the learning. It is a shame that nuclear power will take the biggest hit from this disaster. I don't understand how Japan can have reactors that are not ready for earthquakes.

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