With the continuing disaster in Japan still in everyone’s minds, one can’t help but wonder exactly how many nuclear sites there are around the world and how far away they are. The Nuclear Sites iPhone, iPad and Android App provides that information.
The Japan nuclear crisis is far from over, and it can’t help but make people wonder how many nuclear reactors there are around the world – and how many are close to home. Available for $1.99 from the iTunes Store, and $1.92 from the Android Market, Nuclear Sites answers that question.
All this App does is provide a database of nuclear reactors around the world; the site name, country, operator, number of reactors on each site, when they were built, how many are active or inactive and their capacity in MWe net (MegaWatt Electric; a measure of the electric output of a power plant in megawatts).
Users can search by country – so, for example, when I used my location as a starting point and then asked for the reactors in Canada, I got a list of seven reactors, their photos, names and how far away in miles they are from me. Whew! I live on the prairies, so there aren’t any reactors anywhere near me.
Users can search by country, reactor name, address, or even by proximity of a reactor to a contact in their address book. A search for the reactors in Japan reveals a map with a red circle around the two plants affected by the quake and Tsunami.
Because the App uses the current location of the user to make its calculations, it’s a handy app to have on one’s smartphone when travelling. You’ll always know where the nearest nuclear reactors are in relation to your position, so if you’re someone who thinks about that type of thing and is either curious about or wary of Nuclear reactors, then this is an App you might be interested in.
Are nuclear reactors something you worry about when you travel?