• Earthquake tsunami waves are about 30 to 35 feet high, and a Cat 5 hurricane can have a storm surge about 25 to 30 feet. Bloomington is about 55 feet above sea level and 16 miles from the Gulf - I think we're safe :)

    March 17, 2011 at 10:15 p.m.
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    March 17, 2011 at 10:12 p.m.
  • Just to be clear. A hurricane tidal surge is not the same thing as a tsunami. If we have a hurricane moving at 500-600 mph the surge is the least of our problems. Aunt Minnie's cow will wind up in Canada.

    March 17, 2011 at 9:05 p.m.
  • It would be extremely difficult for a tsunami to hit Victoria County. For one, the barrier islands (and Calhoun :P) would give us some major shielding. Also, there's not much seismic activity in the gulf.

    I don't know much about Hurricane protection, but there probably is some design in preventing damage from high winds.

    March 17, 2011 at 2:25 p.m.
  • "This Quote says a lot. How about a Cat 5 Huricane or when we get a tsunami from the gulf"

    One might be surprise at what Cat Hurricane Matagorda's plant is designed for?

    March 17, 2011 at 12:07 p.m.
  • "First of all, we're here in Victoria. We're not in Japan and we don't know precisely what is going on there. I think it's important to note that it was the tsunami that damaged the reactors, not the earthquake. They withstood the earthquake, which is what they were designed to do,"

    This Quote says a lot. How about a Cat 5 Huricane or when we get a tsunami from the gulf.

    Corporate lobbyist will see this through. They have the power, not the people. Why do you suppose the city needs a Hundred Grand to lobby for the college switch. Money is the only word your politicians understand. The problem is most of the US population
    do not understand what the Supreme Court did last year allowing the SALES of their wants and needs to the Government via Lobbying.

    March 17, 2011 at 10:36 a.m.
  • Nuclear Energy is high risk - but so is driving past a nuclear power plant - vehicular accidents still take more lives. Safe guards can be engineered and built into the plant. And after the plant problems in Japan - the safety can and should be stepped up a notch. No form of energy is 100% safe - consider oil field injuries, coal mine injuries, and accidents that occur hauling the windmills from the Texas coast to the Texas panhandle. Even windmills are not without dangers.
    The key is careful review of design and building with integrity and honesty. You don't cut corners on nuclear plants for sure.

    March 17, 2011 at 6:41 a.m.