(03-04-2017, 09:17 PM)Adde Wrote: I've been wondering about that myself. In a Walking Dead kind of scenario, I would think the nuke plants would be a hundred times as dangerous as
Energy technology is developing to the point where we don't need this unsafe subsidized load of crap. Even Fukushima is not a wake up call for the IQ challenged that sit at the top.
If a nuclear power plants is not safely taken offline there are a number of things that could happen which is mostly dependent ON WHAT the operators at the plant where able to do before they lost control. In most cases if there is nobody they to maintain a commercial plant the core will generate too much heat boil off any water it has remaining, melt the core and generally stuff like that.
I like to think most wouldn't be as bad as Fukushima (and instead they would be like Three Mile Island where some of the operators did nearly everything wrong to get things under control) but what little I know of commercial nuclear power plants, they are DEFINITELY not designed without human supervision and if the operators did nothing (or perhaps even make things worse) while events unfold there are a any number of things that could happen.
I think in almost all of the worse case situations you have the core melting (US reactor are designed to NEVER go super critical like Chernobyl and explode, but there could be some explosions caused by heat pressure, flammable gasses,etc) and a general mess on your hands. Multiply that by the several hundred nuclear power plants sites that could be affected by a zombie apocalypse and things would get really messy. When you also factor in things like cities catching on fire, millions or perhaps billions of people getting eaten or eating other people, general chaos and fighting among survivors, a melted core at a nearby nuclear power plant I believe is probably one of the most trivial problems a survivor would have to deal with unless they try to hide from the zombies by going into the power plant itself.
However your question sounds like the interesting premise of a horror movie where some survivors have to figure out how to shut down a nuclear plant while at the same time having to avoid deal with zombies during a outbreak of people becoming zombies; although I think most people would rather just head for the hills in that kind of a situation if they could. Also to make thing interesting the people shutting down the plant should not be the ones that actually operate the plant because that would make things too easy.