Sunday, April 3, 2016

Three Mile Island – Condensed (2016 April PAD - Day 3)

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Three Mile Island – Condensed
(a found poem)

An accident
March 28, 1979
nuclear reactor number 2
mechanical failures
compounded by
inadequate training,
 human factors and
human-computer interaction;
ambiguous indicators,
hidden lights,
manual override of
automatic emergency
cooling systems,
failure of auxiliary system,
emergency shutdown,
pumps closed for maintenance,
relief valve stuck open,
mechanical fault,
coolant system depressurization,
partial core melt,
user interface engineering problems,
design fundamentally flawed,
cycle of assumptions,
considerable confusion,
boiling inside the core,
alarm sounded,
indications initially ignored,
large part of core melted,
system dangerously radioactive,
vented straight to the atmosphere.
Schools closed, residents warned.
Lessons learned:
Normal Accident Theory:
inevitable consequence
of system’s immense complexity


  This "Found Poem" was culled from the following source:  Three_Mile_Island_accident

and penned for Day 3 of Robert Lee Brewer's 
April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge.   
Assignment: "Three (blank)"
For more, check out his site at 2016-april-pad-challenge-day-3

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