Damage to a building’s fire and life safety systems can occur during an earthquake, making it difficult for people to evacuate the facility and impeding the work of first responders. Researchers from Worcester Polytechnic Institute conducted a series of tests on a building that simulated post-quake fires. They assessed how the damage affected the passive and active fire protection systems to contain fire and smoke.
Since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011, nuclear regulators around the globe have introduced new requirements to improve nuclear safety and security. The Government Accountability Office details the new changes and elaborates on measures still needed to improve nuclear security in the United States.