Nuclear Evacuation Zones: How Close Are You To A Nuclear Power Plant? (INTERACTIVE MAP)
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AP Reporter Jeff Dunn answered in his Q&A with Huff Post readers, "The US government recommended that all US nationals evacuate to at least 50 miles from the broken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Japan earlier this year. And the NRC chairman suggested that we'd do the same in the same circumstances in the US."
Are you within 50 miles of a Nuclear Power plant? Would you be subject to evacuation if a Fukushima-like disaster occurred in the United States?
The Huffington Post has created an interactive map using the Associated Press data on nuclear power plants. All of the active nuclear power plants in the United States are displayed on the map below. The color of each circle is determined by the 2010 population around the plant: the darker the shade of red, the more people within the 50-mile radius of the power plant.
Increased concerns about nuclear power plants in the United States come following an AP investigation that found, "Federal regulators have been working closely with the nuclear power industry to keep the nation's aging reactors operating within safety standards by repeatedly weakening those standards, or simply failing to enforce them."
They also reported that, "Radioactive tritium has leaked from three-quarters of U.S. commercial nuclear power sites, often into groundwater from corroded, buried piping."
Data for this graphic comes from the Associated Press.