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Another Expert Agrees With Dark Comet Theory

February 21, 2013 – 11:31 am | No Comment

Astronomer David Asher (from Armagh University) has agreed with Bill Napier and Janaki Wickramasinghe (Cardiff University) that “dark comets” are real and dangerous.
The following quotes are from a paper by Napier and Asher published in Astronomy & Geophysics.

We know that about one bright comet (of absolute magnitude as bright as 7, comparable to Halley’s Comet) arrives in the visibility zone (perihelion q<5AU, say) each year from the Oort cloud. It seems to be securely established that ~1–2% of these are captured into Halleytype (HT) orbits. The dynamical lifetime of a body in such an orbit can be estimated, from which the expected number of HT comets is perhaps ~3000. The actual number of active HT comets is ~25. This discrepancy of at least two powers of 10 in the expected impact rate from comets as deduced from this theoretical argument on the one hand, and observations on the other, is …

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Lesson from Japan: Nukes are Unsafe

Submitted by on March 20, 2011 – 2:55 pm3 Comments

In a SHTF scenario, safety features of nuclear reactors might be significantly incapable of preventing a meltdown. As we have seen in Japan, a country that gave us the word tsunami, their backup plan of diesel generators failed because the tsunami took them out. If your home or safe spot is within 50-100 miles of a nuclear reactor, you need to be aware of the risks. Not everyday risks, I’m sure the authorities have them covered. I mean rare events, any of which could be occurring in a 2012, end of the world situation.

Earthquake - anywhere in the world can have an earthquake. In 2012, a global cataclysm could be setting off earthquakes globally. Authorities saying “we don’t get earthquakes around here” does not equal safety.

Tsunami - your local reactor is only safe if it is a substantial distance from the coast. In the past mile-high tsunamis are known to have occurred. Even a smaller 200 metre tsunami will reach 50-100 kilometres inland, or further if the terrain is flat.

Asteroid – if a large asteroid or comet strikes the ocean, a tsunami will result. If it strikes land, a reactor will be safe unless there is a direct hit. There is twice as much ocean as there is land…

Coronal Mass Ejection – storms from the Sun can take out satellites, and render power-grids inoperable. Unless a reactor has all of their equipment inside a Faraday cage, the instrumentation they need could also be wrecked.

Volcano – aside from a direct hit by a volcanic block (or bomb), ash can shut down power grids and make it very difficult for emergency services to reach the site.

War / Terrorism – a direct strike by a missile would most likely be something that cannot be protected against. A nuclear reactor would certainly be a target during war, or by terrorists.

Hurricane – I would like to think that most facilities could withstand a hurricane, but you never know…

Tornado – I can picture a twister ripping up power cables (if they aren’t underground), destroying a control room and damaging a diesel generator.

According to the Wall Street Journal this week:

American plants have backup generators and powerful batteries, but some only have enough battery power to run critical instrumentation and controls for four hours. The Japanese units had eight hour’s worth and it was insufficient.

For example, the Monticello reactor in Minnesota that’s operated by Xcel Energy Inc. only has four hours of battery life if it loses grid power and diesel generators.

The US power grid is extremely vulnerable at present, and all that protects folk from meltdowns if the grid goes down are diesel generators. While they aren’t out in the open, whether the level of protection is sufficient in a SHTF scenario is for you to decide. Here’s an example of what typically protects the generator from the outside world:

Over at Daily Beast they have ranked the relative risks of every facility in the USA, considering possibilities of earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes, and looking at how many people live within 50 miles, the official safe distance. Here’s the #1 risk, due to its proximity to New York:

1. Indian Point

Location: Buchanan, NY (24 miles north of New York City)
Reactors: 2
Electrical Output (megawatts): Unit 2: 1020; Unit 3: 1025
Year Operating License Issued: Unit 2: 1973; Unit 3: 1975
Population within 50 Miles: 17,452,585
Relative Safety Rating: bottom third
Risk of Natural Disasters:

Likelihood of Earthquake (scale 0-6): 2
Expected Number of Hurricanes in Next Century: 20 – 40
Miles to Potentially Active Volcano: not a factor
Significant Tornadoes (1921-1995): 0 to 5

and the least riskiest:

65. H. B. Robinson

Location: Hartsville, SC (26 miles northwest of Florence, SC)
Reactors: 1
Electrical Output (megawatts): 710
Year Operating License Issued: 1970
Population within 50 Miles: 855,396
Relative Safety Rating: top third
Risk of Natural Disasters:

Likelihood of Earthquake (scale 0-6): 2
Expected Number of Hurricanes in Next Century: 20 – 40
Miles to Potentially Active Volcano: not a factor
Significant Tornadoes (1921-1995): 10 to 15


  • kartik says:

    hmmm . there is an another possibility , nuclear powered warships and submarines can also be the target of tsunami and a nuclear disaster in sea can be more problematic

  • donal heffernan says:

    Those ingenious Japanese who have amazed us over the decades with their mastery of highly developed electronics and technology, failed to allow for this inevitable eventuality. An idiot looking down with the aid of Google Earth could not have failed to notice the ridge of the fault line that runs paralell with the coastline of Japan. They spent billions in development and research to come up with the brainwave of installing multiple vulnerable nuclear reactors right along the ‘Ring of Fire”!!!! What type of genius is that? Even if they had built them on the Western shoreline, it would have been some token effort at protection. Now the world is held to ransom awaiting the inevitable disastrous outcomes, if not of this series of ‘quakes or Tsunamis, then the next lot which are queuing up to crack open the Earth’s fragile skin. Spare us from genius and bury them all deep down before the next spasm ‘waves’ us all goodbye.

    The stunning idiocy of the whole debacle beggars belief.

  • Bob says:

    Here’s an article ( )that seems to be the most plausible and compelling. Although I first saw a similar warning from Pat Geryl his presentation wasn’t as hard hitting.

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