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Zombie Survival Plan - Foiled

I realised this evening that my survival plans for a zombie attack, or other disaster that wipes the rest of mankind apart from me a handful of survivors (many of which always seem to be very cute girls for some reason...?) are fatally flawed.

Well, to be percise, the zombie attack survival scenario is more flawed than most of the others.

The reason?

Nuclear meltdown. If mankind disappeared or was alrgely taken out by the zombie menace, then no one would be around to look after the many nuclear reactors scattered around the UK (or the world). Now I read an article last year (in the New Scientist magazine - it was a great article on what would happen to Mother Earth if mankind just vanished overnight - in short we'd be forgotten very quickly and any trace of our civilisation would be pretty much 100% vanished within a very short amount of time). This article put nuclear meltdown of the reactors taking place about three days into mankinds disappearance.

As such in a 28 Days Later type affair we'd actually have about 3 days to find somewhere safe before mainland Britain experienced  17 Chernobyls!

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Maps of Global, Regional & National Nuclear Power Reactors (International Nuclear Safety Center Website)

Now the problem with this is that the only really safe places will be the tunnels and fall out shelters. For those of us living in London many udnerground stations would usually provide some sort of cover from the initial fallout but these will more than likely be zombie-filled. Obviously barricading yourself in a high rise would usually be a good initial option against the zombie horde but exposes you to the fallout during its most dangerous time.

It's possible to try and get to one of the nuclear shelters scattered around London but most people won't have a clue where these are. There are, of course, hundreds of underground structures that one could utilise if you knew where they are located (Check out Subterranea Britannica for some pointers). Of course this does mean venturing out into the chaos, but it's either that or start glowing!

Obviously without the zombie menace you are, comparitively, better off as you will have less problems getting to underground shelters and picking up supplies, etc, en route. Remember you will have three or four days to gather as much as possible before things start going boom! This obviously will also affect all water supplies so you'll be living off bottled water from then on.

As a nice aside, the Chernobyl disaster actually only affected 5% of the nuclear core. 95% of its core remained stable. We'd be looking at potentially 17 total meltdowns as no one would be around to help stem the problem and shut the system down.

Makes you wonder if trying to get to the shelter is actually worth it...


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Sep. 16th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
I've got some gamer friends who work for the AEA , but I'm not sire your figures add up.

Chenobyl was a unique set of condition which are unlikely to be replicated all over the uk, just because the reactor have no management. Equally AIUI quite a number ( but not all ) of Uks reactors have a "negative temperature coefficient' - which will ensure they can't get into a runaway condition.

Unfortunately the Magnox series is positive tempco so can run away - so there will be some nuclear nastiness - but I not all of uks reactors.

Otoh , New Scientist tends to get this sort of thing right - but they have made embarrassing mistakes in the past.
Sep. 16th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
I've posted up the article in a follow-up entry to this one.

It's almost been a year sicne I read it and, from a quick glance before I posted it, I don't think it mentions a spefici timeframe for meltdowns.

So we may have more time fighting the zombies before we need to find cover - if at all!
Sep. 16th, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
Chapelcross near Annan was decommisioned about 8 months ago. all blown up. but the site is to remain empty for 100 years.

Sep. 17th, 2007 12:06 am (UTC)
Actually, quite a few of the reactors on that map are decommissioned. Only the cooling towers at Chapel Cross were blown up; the rest of the buildings are still there - but yes, it's pretty much dead. As is Windscale, and Dounreay.

Just because a reactor is on the map, it doesn't mean it's active. Less than 5% of the UK's electricity comes from reactors these days; they're mainly used for processing nuclear waste.
Sep. 16th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
Not sure. I've been told by a reasonable source that western world reactors have safety functions that if they are not attended to within 48 hours, perform a safe shutdown.

Don't know if its true or not though.
Sep. 16th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)
I can't speak to commercial reactors, but research reactors (like the one at MIT) shuts themselves down within a short period if it doesn't have human directed control activity.
Sep. 16th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
I may revert back to my original zombie survival plans then...:p
Sep. 16th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
how did your brain get to this thought process?

Or you could just move to NZ. :D
Sep. 16th, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
You'd be amazed at my brains thought processes :p

Just be glad I don't have superpowers...
Sep. 16th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
I thank the lord every day that some people do not have superpowers... I don't think you've ever been on that list.

Sep. 16th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
Oh I havent reviewed my zombie plan for a while now.
Sep. 16th, 2007 10:50 pm (UTC)
Everyone should have one.

And then a back-up.

And also a back-up to the Back-Up.

You know it makes sense!
Sep. 17th, 2007 05:50 am (UTC)
I know I no longer live in a house thats easly defendable, unlike the last few. However, if we get attacked in work, then I know that the windows are high off the ground on the upper floor, barred securely on the lower. Each door is double locked and easy to baracade. Food and water in a hospital would be easy to source and we would have a basement area to retreat to in case of emergencys.

Evacuating to my mothers is always a viable option. Low population and plenty of natural resources. Also with the nuclear problem, is suitably out of the way.

Needs refining. At least I know several groups will attempt to rescue me because I've had enough medical training to be very useful.
Sep. 17th, 2007 09:33 am (UTC)
erm. Slight flaw.

"Food and water in a hospital would be easy to source and we would have a basement area to retreat to in case of emergencys."

I rather suspect that hospitals are likely to be the first overrun as all the bite victims are likely to be brought into A&E until people know whats going on... And then the rooms of the dying victims will be full of staff trying to save lives and ready to be bitten.
Sep. 17th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
We are a specialist neurodisability hospital, so we have no A&E
Sep. 16th, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC)
Be glad you only have zombies to worry about - there's a fanfic I'm following which has Zombles - zombie Wombles!
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Sep. 17th, 2007 09:22 am (UTC)
the way your brain works scares me...
who even considers contigency plans like this ?

Sep. 17th, 2007 09:35 am (UTC)
Angus. So the UK reactors are safe.

What about those 4 reactors in Normandy? What about all the other reactors accross the EU, Eastern Europe and Russia?

Sorry to sggest that the radioactive zombie is still a viable threat.
Sep. 17th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)

I'm more worried about the possible radioactive Cthulhu problem...

Sep. 17th, 2007 10:34 am (UTC)
Eeek. You've put so much thought into this. After a series of disturning nightmares I sorted my zombie escape plan but that only went as far as how to get out of my flat if zombies are trying to get in. And even that tripped up when I considered what happened if my flatmate got zombied.

I can get as far as the roof - and have a pokey stick up there to stop zombies following me up but then I'm a bit stuck. Probably give it a couple of days up there and then throw myself off. Its the third storey so I'd probably die. Better that than zombied. Unless anyone has a helicopter - if you do let me know and I'll send you my address in the event of zombie catastrophe and you can save me from the roof if its not too much trouble. I'll start stashing tinned food and water up there.
Sep. 17th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
I can't believe so many people here don't see the need for proper planning. Next they'll be saying they haven't done their background reading. The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead. I ask you.
Sep. 18th, 2007 09:41 am (UTC)
Ladbroke Grove is the place to be - hole up in Sainsbury's, it has the canal and water activity centre next door for a water based getaway and the Remington shotgun factory is just around the corner for some good ol' Evil Dead style action!

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