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    be susceptible to?

    Hello, teachers!

    Would you take a look at the following?

    ..., and nuclear energy may only be a viable source of energy for the next 100 years. The effects of nuclear energy production, however, are more long-lasting, and pottentially more problematic, than any damage that has resulted or could result from fossil fuel-induced climate change: even though building design and technology have improved, nuclear power plants are still susceptible to accidents that can damage whole regions, even countries; they also produce waste that remains harmful to the biosphere for centuries.

    Q: Take three specific examples of danger caused by nuclear energy plants from the passage:

    A: 1 Nuclear energy may be used up in only 100 years
    2 Nuclear energy plants can cause a big accident which can influence a wide range of regions or even countries
    3 Nuclear energy waste can be harmful to human beings for centuries.

    The above are the model answers (I translated them), but I don't understand the answer #2. Probably #2 is one of the answers, based on the sentence including the expression "susceptible to." Does the sentence mean the following?

    4 nuclear power plants are still susceptible to accidents that can damage whole regions, even countries.
    = nuclear power plants can still cause damage whole regions, even countries????

    If the interpretation of #4 is wrong, would you please let me know the exact meaning of the sentence?

    Yam

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    Re: be susceptible to?

    Quote Originally Posted by yamyam View Post
    accidents that can damage whole regions, even countries.
    Can you think of a word that begins with 'd'?
    It's 'dis......', which is my interpretation of the phrase.


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    Re: be susceptible to?

    Please tell us the source of your quoted text, yamyam.

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    Re: be susceptible to?

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Can you think of a word that begins with 'd'?
    It's 'dis......', which is my interpretation of the phrase.

    I got it! Disaster, right?

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    Re: be susceptible to?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Please tell us the source of your quoted text, yamyam.
    I'm sorry, but no source is shown in the text.
    However, I quoted the part of the passage from the entrance examination of a national university in Japan.
    So, if necessary, I can quote the whole passage of it.
    Do you want it?

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    Re: be susceptible to?

    Quote Originally Posted by yamyam View Post
    I'm sorry, but no source is shown in the text.
    However, I quoted the part of the passage from the entrance examination of a national university in Japan.
    So, if necessary, I can quote the whole passage of it.
    Do you want it?
    I've highlighted the source for you.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: be susceptible to?

    Quote Originally Posted by yamyam View Post
    I got it! Disaster, right?
    Yes.
    Do you remember the horrible accidents that happened in and around the Tohoku region in 2011?

    http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/17/wo...mi-fast-facts/
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011...ke_and_tsunami

    I hope you will understand the passage better.

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