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RE: [cdn-nucl-l] Cost of natural gas accidents
The situation Professor Cohen describes is neither isolated nor limited to
earthquakes a century ago.
Much of the damage and loss of life (estimated at 140,000) in the 1923 Great
Kanto Earthquake in Tokyo/Yokohama was due to fire (also related to use of
Similarly in the 1995 Kobe earthquake, where the fires started by broken gas
mains were compounded by the failure of a system of multiple reservoirs and
water mains that was designed specifically to survive an earthquake -- but
didn't. Damage and loss of life in Kobe might have been much worse had the
earthquake not been followed by almost a week of cool weather with low winds.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
These comments are mine and have not been reviewed and/or approved by my
management or by the U.S. Department of Energy.
From: Jerry Cuttler [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, July 09, 2001 4:07 PM
Subject: [cdn-nucl-l] Cost of natural gas accidents
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bernard L Cohen" <email@example.com>
To: "Multiple recipients of list ans-pie" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, July 09, 2001 12:05 PM
Subject: Re: Cost of accidents
> On Sat, 7 Jul 2001 AtomicRod@aol.com wrote:
> > Group,
> > One argument that is used against nuclear power is that the cost of
> > to society is potentially enormous and not fully covered by insurance.
> > Such arguments are rarely heard with regard to natural gas, but there is
> > interesting example that I have not heard much about. I would be
> > in your comments, especially if you live in California.
> The damage from the San Francisco earthquake of 1906(?) was mostly
> due to fires started by broken natural gas lines. Did the gas company
> insurance cover that enormous damage?
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