After more than 50 years, the end is nigh for Dungeness power station. It has been generating nuclear power in Kent and the south east since 1967, but it is set to close ahead of its original schedule to begin shutting down in 2028. A common fear about Dungeness power station among the layman through the years is what would have happened if there had ever been a nuclear disaster at the site. Given the level of strict, stringent health and safety measures in place, fortunately it has always been extremely unlikely. The online tool was produced for the No2NuclearPower.org website using a CIA handbook from 1996 that illustrates the fallout from an equivalent disaster. The red sections of the map represent the most severely affected areas – the lighter the colour, the less the impact but any place within the three darkest coloured parts of the map would be uninhabitable. Even areas hundreds of miles away, including in France and mainland Europe, would be affected by a nuclear disaster in the UK.
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