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July 29, 2002

Fifty thousand levels Scottish blogger and Hugo-nominated SF writer Charlie Stross got a personal tour of the nuclear reactor complex at Torness. His long post describing the experience is a must-read.
Down below the reactor vessel, nine metres underground, there’s a big cork gasket. I mean big. I’m running out of adjectives for scale here, but it’s not every day you see a cork heatproof mat sized to sit underneath a forty-five metre tall nuclear reactor. Below that, there’s a concrete plinth and the other end of the cable bundles; the entire mess of reactors and turbines and steam pipes are suspended in a cats’ cradle of cables that are designed to damp out or absorb the forces of an earthquake or a major impact.
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John M. Ford ::: (view all by) ::: August 01, 2002, 02:11 AM:

Only 4700 levels. And anyway, during their visit to Earth, the Krell paused in Torness only for a pint, a pie, and a few postcards. Their permanent work, as we now know, was done beneath Moscow.