Bob Bea, the nation's foremost forensic engineer, is the guy to call when levees break or oil rigs explode – to sift through the wreckage, assign blame, and try to prevent the same mistakes again. (He's still working on that part.) To accompany his profile in the February, 2013 issue of 'Men's Journal,' Bea told us about four places in the United States that are most vulnerable should a natural or man-made disaster strike.
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America's Most Vulnerable Places: Diablo Canyon Power Plant (Avila Beach, CA)
In 2008, an undersea fault line was discovered a half mile from this 18,000-gigawatt nuclear plant, which supplies electricity to more than 1.6 million homes. "They need tests to confirm the plant's ability to withstand earthquakes," Bea says. But seismic testing would displace marine mammals and kill fish larvae, and local agencies have so far blocked them. "There are diagnostic tests that are not environmentally invasive," Bea says. "Our one real option is not to ignore the problem."
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