World Reactivating Nuclear Power Plant Near Volcano a Bad Idea, Geologists Say

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Plans to reactivate a nuclear power plant near the capital city of the Philippines have been criticized by scientists over its proximity to a potentially active volcano.

The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) is located in the foothills of Mount Natib, only five miles from the caldera, and was built in the 1980s. It was never activated due to anti-nuclear sentiment in the aftermath of the Chernobyl power plant disaster in 1986, with protests expressing concerns that the BNPP was in an earthquake zone thanks to the volcano's Lubao fault, which runs through the volcano and the power plant.

Mount Natib is a dormant volcano that has no recorded eruptions but is classified as 'potentially active' by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. Nearly 50 earthquakes have occurred on Mount Natib in the last 75 years, many of which had epicenters on the Lubao faultline.


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In general it does sound like a bad idea, like duh?
 
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