US Geologist Dr. Kelvin Rodolfo on the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant

by Ma. Isabel Ongpin of Manila Times

TWO weeks before the Japan earthquake of Friday, March 11, I interviewed Kelvin Rodolfo, a marine geologist who grew up in Zambales, made a career in the US and was hoping to be a balik scien-tist here. This last did not work out as the present Department of Science and Technology is “evalua-ting” its balik scientist program. He was leaving in a few days after spending time teaching courses on climate change at the Ateneo and working with Manila Observatory, an Ateneo affiliate institution, on disaster risk reduction.

Weirdly the first subject of our interview was the Bataan Nuclear Plant. Rodolfo has made a study of Subic Bay and the geology of sea flood and coastlines in the area. He says there are a lot of faults showing volcanic activity every 2,000 years. The last one was 3,000 years ago so we might say that volcanic activity which may be linked to earthquakes as in the 1990 earthquake and the l991 Pinatubo eruption is now overdue.

The Bataan Nuclear Plant at Napot Point in Bataan lies on a fault, probably from earlier volcanic activity from Mount Natib, or earthquakes. Rodolfo says that because of the geology of Napot Point and its environs (Mount Natib) there could be an accident in a working nuclear plant (the Bataan Nuclear Plant) that would affect all the Philippines and all of Asia. A sweeping statement indeed but after this week’s developments in the nuclear plants of Japan, it begins to have an air of utter credibility.

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