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In the typical nuclear plants the reactor’s nucleus is placed in a giant steel vessel that is designed so that if an accident occurs the radiation doesn’t pollute the environment. This vessel along with the steam generator are placed in a building with great security measures including concrete walls from one to two meters thick designed to support earthquakes, hurricanes and up to collisions of planes.
A typical nuclear power plant cannot explode as if it were an atomic bomb; but when by an accident great temperatures is produced within the reactor, the metal that surround the uranium is melt down and radiation is emitted.
WHAT KIND OF ACCIDENTS CAN HAPPEN IN A NUCLEAR POWER STATION?
The core of the reactor sufferes a partial fusion, and thanks to the ocrrect functioning og the protection building there was onlya minimum og dangerous radioactive leakage, wich didn’t cause any damage whatsoever.
It was proved thet the security measures applied in well biult nuclear power stations operate correctly.
Spanish nuclear power stations produced in 1998 a total of 59,002 GigaWatts/hour (GW/h) of electricity.
In 1.999 a total of 58.852 GW/h.
This amount means approximately 30% of the global production of electricity in Spain.
NUCLEAR PLANTS IN SPAIN
CENTRAL ’ S NAME PROVINCE POWER ANTIQUITY Asc ó I Tarragona 979 1.984 Asc ó II Tarragona 1.014,8 1.986 Almaraz I Badajoz 973,3 1.983 Almaraz II C á ceres 982,6 1.984 Trillo Guadalajara 1.066 1.988 Vandell ó s II Tarragona 1.081,7 1.988 Sta. Mar í a de Garo ñ a Burgos 466 1.971 Cofrentes Valencia 1.025,4 1.985 Zorita Guadalajara 160 1969