Sandy “appears to have shifted” islands near NJ’s Oyster Creek nuclear plant — Surge smashed through homes close by — Feds begin special inspection at facility

Published: November 13th, 2012 at 12:49 pm ET


Source: Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Date: Nov. 13, 2012

[…] As water rose in the plant’s water intake structure on Oct. 29, operators declared an “Unusual Event” […] at 6:55 p.m. when the level topped 4.5 feet above mean sea level. Subsequently, at about 8:45 p.m., an “Alert” was declared when the water level was 6 feet above mean sea level at the structure. […]

Title: Barnegat and Waretown take stock of Sandy
Source: The Asbury Park Press NJ
Author: Kirk Moore
Date: Nov 9, 2012

Compare times in bold below with NRC’s report above

[…] Pat Lauer surveyed the piles of debris she has slowly been sorting and stacking – some hers, others carried on the Oct. 29 surge that smashed through the ground floor of her house. […]

Red Marker: Lighthouse Drive; Green Marker: Oyster Creek nuclear station

“The last high tide was the one that got us, about 9:30 in the evening of Oct. 29, Michael [Roskey] said. One thing strikes him now about the view from his parents’ second-story deck [near Lighthouse Drive]: he thinks islands in Barnegat Bay appear to have shifted, making it look like Barnegat Inlet has widened behind the famous lighthouse to the east. […]

“It went up 3 feet in about two and a half hours” [said Paul Misuriello…]

It appears water levels rose considerably higher than 6 feet above sea level at Oyster Creek’s intake structure, as high tide was still 45 minutes away when the alert was declared.

Published: November 13th, 2012 at 12:49 pm ET


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10 comments to Sandy “appears to have shifted” islands near NJ’s Oyster Creek nuclear plant — Surge smashed through homes close by — Feds begin special inspection at facility

  • guezilla

    High tides are not exactly hugely unknown and unexplainable phenomenon, though looking at (collaborated by other sources) the evening high tide of 29. Oct was at 11:56 PM EDT.

    So it would seem to me like high tide was over 4 hours away from when alert was declared. Of course, what matters more is highest point of storm surge + high tide, and neither source really answers that. I recall seeing some further information, I'll post that if I find it.

    • garjackson

      "High tides are not exactly hugely unknown and unexplainable phenomenon"

      Yes, in fact all one would have to do is read the article in the Asbury Park Press above where an actual eyewitness says:

      "The last high tide was the one that got us, about 9:30 in the evening of Oct. 29"

      There it is for ya…

  • guezilla

    Here's what I was looking for:

    "The water levels reached a peak of 7.4 feet — apparently above the threshold — but the pump motors did not flood, Sheehan said."

    So "considerably higher than 6 feet above sea level" is not exactly news, and we know exactly how high it supposedly got.

    And I still believe this is beating a dead horse, the spent fuel pool was never in danger as the nuclear industry has "eloquently" attested. Oyster Creek design basis is 22 feet storm surge:, there is backup cooling for the SFP: mobile backup-pumps were already brought onsite and had the generators somehow failed they could've flown in new ones as soon as the storm cleared. Really, the nuclear industry is having a laugh on this whole drummed-up issue.

    Yet at the same time there are rel unanswered issues like the reported loss of shutdown cooling to the very same Oyster Creek unit's reactor, which according to NRC reports, must have lasted at least a hour. Or the events at Salem during the same time.

    • I am not buying it…
      it states "the plant would be safe as long as it had been shut down long before the storm", yeah, shut that crap down now

      here is their statement, if this gives you warm fuzzies, you been drinking the koolaid.

      Oyster Creek is designed for a probable maximum hurricane (PMH), which is defined by the
      National Weather Service as a hypothetical hurricane having that combination of characteristics
      which will make it the most severe that can probably occur in the region involved. The PMH is
      assumed to approach the plant site along the critical path and at the optimum rate of
      movement. For Oyster Creek, the PMH results in a probable maximum surge elevation of 22 ft.
      above mean sea level (MSL). With the exception of the circulating water intake structure, the
      plant grade level is 23 ft. above MSL. Flooding of this structure would require shutdown of the
      circulating water and emergency service water pumps. The utility has emergency plant
      procedures in place that require appropriate actions (including plant shutdown) when water
      reaches a predetermined level as to ensure for the safe shutdown of the plant. Therefore, the
      plant is designed to withstand a surge of water of 22 ft above MSL reaching the plant

  • Anthony Anthony

    New Mysterious “Booms” Reported in New Jersey
    By Brandon Turbeville
    Activist Post
    November 12, 2012

    • Anthony Anthony

      **According to an NBC 10 report, broadcast on October 5, 2012, residents who experienced the event said that both the noise and the impact felt exactly like an explosion, with many stating that the impact actually shook the windows of their home.**

      • dosdos dosdos

        The first thing you have to rule out in mysterious explosions are pyrotech freak teenagers and young adult men who love to set off explosions for the thrill of it. You'd be surprised at how many mysterious explosions they create annually.

      • lickerface lickerface

        It's sad that the witnesses don't have any other description of the sound other than "boom". What is wrong with these people? Booms can have a fast or long attack, quick or long duration (also reverberation evidencing proximity), as well as frequency characteristics (sub-bass like a subwoofer or cannon fire, mid-bass like a transformer exploding, loud midrange like a gunshot, etc). The media picks the least intelligent people for interview on something requiring a more scientific approach. There was no mention about decibel level either. Wth… "boom" :/

        Any audio engineers in that area witness the booms?

  • The fault is glowing off the coast, and is where Sandy got alot of it's warm air from originally….with the Eclipse tonight and the Canada & Guatamala quakes I imagine HAARP is pretty stretched trying to defend US territory. They're going to have to invent a time machine so it can run 8 days a week..

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Can we build some mini haarps?