Rescuing A Potential Nuke From The Chile Quake
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April 8, 2010
A Time Magazine article tells how a team of US scientists and nuclear engineers on a secret mission to move 18 kg (40 lbs.) of highly-enriched uranium (HEU) — enough to blow up a big chunk of a city —- from a Chilean nuclear reactor to a secure facility, was complicated by the February 27 earthquake.

The team had to locate the HEU and make sure it was still secure in the chaotic aftermath of the quake; and then transport it safely across the crisis zone to a port where it could be shipped to the United States. Oh, and the original port was destroyed by a tsunami so they had to find an alternative route. All the while dealing with continuing aftershocks from the quake.

The article also discusses the ongoing task of persuading countries from relinquishing their stockpiles of HEU and recovering them to keep the material out of the hands of possible terrorists.


Game and Story Use

  • Are you kidding? Transporting a shipment of (almost) priceless material across a disaster-ravaged terrain? Dealing with chaos, looting and possibly actual terrorists wanting to steal it? It's a perfect game scenario! All it needs is orcs!
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