Stuff I Wrote Elsewhere: Seismic Risk at Los Alamos

From the morning paper (sub/ad req.):

Los Alamos National Laboratory could expose its workers and neighbors to a massive and potentially deadly radiation leak in a major earthquake, independent federal safety auditors concluded in a report released Tuesday.

Such earthquakes are rare — one every few thousand years in the Los Alamos area, according to a lab seismic study. But the consequences could be catastrophic, according to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.

The safety board’s report calls on the National Nuclear Security Administration, which owns and oversees Los Alamos, to take immediate steps to reduce the risk of an accident.