50 Mile Radius From A Nuclear Power Plant

August 2, 2013, by Ken Jorgustin


If you are considering a location which will be a safer place to be during a worst-case-scenario collapse, a SHTF world… here’s a tip…

After you have considered a region with less population density, you may want to consider a location out of the immediate reach of a nuclear power plant.


Here’s the thing… IF we were to suffer one of the terrible disasters which could bring down our electrical power grid, or even a region thereof, those who are living within the reach of a nuclear power plant will be at high risk due to the potential for meltdown and the follow-on consequences.

All you have to do is look back at what happened (and is still happening) at Fukushima Japan, and the enormous region of land surrounding that power plant which became uninhabitable. Additionally, the soil has been contaminated beyond the immediate threat area, which further inhibits survivability.

Nuclear power plants need electricity to keep their enormous water cooling pumps working. Without them, a nuclear meltdown will be assured. While they do have backup diesel power generators, there are circumstances whereby this will be rendered useless. How long can a plant run with their generators? Until they either run out of fuel or until they break down. Both circumstances are inevitable in a true SHTF world.

So, I have assembled the following map which illustrates all of the operating nuclear power plants in the United States, and have added a 50 mile radius (100 mile diameter) circle around each one.


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I have chosen a 50-mile radius as a reasonable distance factor, given that generally speaking…any radioactive fallout will dissipate according to the inverse-square-law. Wind patterns WILL affect this however, and the method of fallout will also affect the spread pattern (explosion and altitude versus meltdown, etc.) however I believe this is a fair guideline to consider as a minimum and perhaps somewhat safe distance for starters.