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Tomorrow no one shows up for work at the power plant, what happens? (research request)
March 15th 2012 | Me

Posted on 03/15/2012 1:16:25 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg

I am working on a story and in the story people don't show up for work anywhere including the power plants (electrical generation).

So what happens? For instance will a Nuke plant shut down safely if no one shows up ever again or will the plant become unstable after a time with no human supervision and it would go into meltdown and/or releases some form of nuclear exhaust? If so what are we talking here? China Syndrome or something like the what happened in Japan after the quake?

A coal fired plant or a gas fired plant I would surmise would just cease to function once the fuel ran out. Of course I understand once you get a couple of plants offline then the grid would start reacting and I guess it would cause a blackout like we had a few years back.

But what would happen at the plants themselves with no one there to react to a demand for more power? Would such cause the plants still running to try and take up the slack? If so when they tried to keep up could it cause them to work too hard and cause explosions?

I figure Hydro plants would just keep on going till the turbines burnt up unless there are automatic relays that shuts them down if the load becomes to heavy...

How long could the grid stay active without human supervision? Are we talking hours or days or weeks?

This is research for a story so any help is greatly appreciated, first hand knowledge or links on the web or good books and movies are all appreciated!


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To: Ted Grant

Here it is. I only saw the pilot, not the series.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_After_People


51 posted on 03/17/2012 6:45:48 AM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: Ted Grant

Here it is. I only saw the pilot, not the series.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_After_People


52 posted on 03/17/2012 6:46:18 AM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: Ted Grant

Here it is. I only saw the pilot, not the series.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_After_People


53 posted on 03/17/2012 6:46:32 AM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: Mad Dawgg

I work at a wastewater plant and can guarantee you that $h*t will hit the fan(spinning or not) if people don’t show up. Manhole covers will be popping off downtown as remnants from the bowels of civilization flow through the streets.


54 posted on 03/17/2012 6:53:58 AM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: Mad Dawgg; Truth29

In answer to my question about what happens if the power plant employees just decide that entitlements pay more than work:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2860231/posts

Obama signed a new EO to fix that. Simple answer is we become Nation Defense Resources. Slaves.


55 posted on 03/17/2012 6:57:36 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (The solution to fix Congress: Nuke em from orbit. It's the only way to be sure!)
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To: Bryanw92
"Obama signed a new EO to fix that. Simple answer is we become Nation Defense Resources. Slaves."

Oh my, that is just spooky. I been thinking about this story for a while and working out the details thinking the Gub'ment would be in chaos because no prior planning and no way legally to force folks to do these needed things and this crap magically appears.

Wow, this makes me reassess my story plot line and more importantly my SHTF preparations.

56 posted on 03/17/2012 8:29:31 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Directive 10-289. The worst criticism you can make of Atlas Shrugged is that the left would use it as an instruction manual.


57 posted on 03/17/2012 8:32:27 AM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: cqnc

Yes, but - when the grid goes whiggy, they shut down, and are not coming back.

Good timeline, BTW.


58 posted on 03/17/2012 8:54:10 AM PDT by patton (DateDiff)
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