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China to tighten nuke safety over storm surge forecast.

Beijing, June 25 (ANI): China will tighten safety of its nuclear plants and other key projects in the coastal areas, as three to four typhoon-triggered storms are likely to hit the country's southeastern coast this year.

A storm surge is an offshore rise of water associated with a low pressure weather system, typically tropical cyclones and strong extratropical cyclones. These storms cause high winds that batter the ocean's surface, creating massive waves.

The estimate was based on historical records of storm surges in China's coastal areas and analyses of recent climate conditions, the National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center (NMEFC) Chief Forecaster, Dong Jianxi, said.

Dong said the center would provide forecast service as precise as possible to ensure the safety of coastal nuclear power plants.

Experts said the storm surges would likely result in casualties and property losses and the provinces of Jiangsu, Fujian, Guangdong and Hainan would be affected by the storm surges.

"Storm surges are the most destructive type of marine disasters to hit China's coastal areas. Data shows that storm surges have been increasing in China since 1949. While there have been no major storm surges in China in the past decade, serious ones will possibly occur over the next decade," the Xinhua quoted NMEFC Deputy Director Yu Fujiang, as saying. (ANI)

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Date:Jun 25, 2011
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