For this project, we are supposed to something related to map, location or some spatial data. I decided to research about nuclear power plant, because nuclear power is taking a huge part of moving toward zero carbon emotion, as nuclear power are currently consider as a green energy source.
In addition, back in my home country, Taiwan, there were some controversies about the safety measure of our power plants, as most of the plants are either about to renew or just renew their licenses.
I was pretty confidence that a database for world’s nuclear power plants would exist, since they need to be certified internationally. I soon found this project, which used google map.
But when i visited the source site, you can only view the list through the site’s listed format, and it doesn’t give me the longitude and latitude of the plants. I found another site that gives a similar data format. Even the one on Wikipedia doesn’t gives me the longitude and latitude.
I started using mappa; however, the library link for
I decided to do a mock up of the visualization with smaller scale, since putting all the data together would require some time, and this is an individual project. One of the data I really want to see is, if there is an accident at a reactor, maybe i can make a simulation of what the effected areas are, and if it could trigger a chain reaction. However while researching for this data, I couldn’t find quite find any information of the actual blast zone, probably because the likely-hood of actual nuclear explosion from a power plants are near zero, and would not be an actual “blast”. The effects are more from the radiation leak. And most explosion or from the heat, steam, or oxygen leak
The most savior, recent nuclear power plant accident is probably the one in Fukushima, March 2011. It is the only level 7 accident after Chernobyl.
While I was researching in this area it didn’t take long to get to some conspiracy looking website that use language that try to cause more terror than there is. A lot of them use the 50 mile radius based on the Fukushima US advisory zone.
In comparison, this is simulation of 300 kt (French current largest warhead) detonated in the same location from Nuke Map.
I made a mock up of what i wanted the visualization to look like, showing both each reactors capacity, and how much % electricity they generate compare to other form of energy in the country.
update, i found the geo json for data of reacters.