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Science and Technology of Nuclear Installations
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 2929353, 7 pages
Research Article

Seismic Vulnerability Assessment of Site-Vicinity Infrastructure for Supporting the Accident Management of a Nuclear Power Plant

1MVM Paks Nuclear Power Plant Ltd., Paks, Hungary
2Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary
3Breuer Marcell Doctoral School of Architecture, University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary

Correspondence should be addressed to T. J. Katona

Received 29 June 2017; Accepted 25 October 2017; Published 16 November 2017

Academic Editor: Enrico Zio

Copyright © 2017 T. J. Katona and A. Vilimi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Nuclear power plants shall be designed to resist the effects of large earthquakes. The design basis earthquake affects large area around the plant site and can cause serious consequences that will affect the logistical support of the emergency actions at the plant, influence the psychological condition of the plant personnel, and determine the workload of the country’s disaster management personnel. In this paper the main qualitative findings of a study are presented that have been performed for the case of a hypothetical 10−4/a probability design basis earthquake for the Paks Nuclear Power Plant, Hungary. The study covers the qualitative assessment of the postearthquake conditions at the settlements around the plant site including quantitative evaluation of the condition of dwellings. The main goal of the recent phase of the study was to identify public utility vulnerabilities that define the outside support conditions of the nuclear power plant accident management. The results of the study can be used for the planning of logistical support of the plant accident management staff. The study also contributes to better understanding of the working conditions of the disaster management services in the region around the nuclear power plant.