A new Nuclear Power Plant near Karachi

Karachi is the most populated city in Pakistan with around 24,000,000 inhabitants – just as many as Australia. Since many years a nuclear power plant (NPP) is located just a few miles outside the city at the shore. Ongoing work on new reactors with Chinese help has recently sparked outrage and media coverage. Concerns are that any accidents at the NPP might have dramatic consequences and threaten millions of people. I searched the recent scientific literature on seismic and tsunami hazard for Karachi…

All these studies make one thing clear: There’s a lack of studies. As Bilham et al. (2007) point out, very little is known about the faults around the city and paleosesimological studies are rare. We don’t know much about slip rates, recurrence intervalls, last earthquakes, maximum magnitudes etc. Even the paleo-earthquake information on the Makran Subduction Zone is sparse. As far as I know, there are no paleo-tsunami studies for Karachi and its vicinity at all…

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