IDF to simulate Dimona nuclear reactor attack

September 4, 2011 10:22

The IDF Home Front Command and the Israel Atomic Energy Commission will hold a large exercise this week to simulate a missile attack against the Dimona nuclear reactor in the Negev.

The drill is being called “Fernando,” after the nuclear meltdown in 1959 in the San Fernando Valley near Los Angeles. It took workers a month to regain control of the reactor and more than 50 years for the United States to clean up the contaminated site.

Israel has closely studied the recent crisis in Japan following the earthquakes in Fukushima that led to a nuclear meltdown at a number of reactors, to draw lessons that can be applied in the event of a missile strike on the Dimona facilities.

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