Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Collapse pt. 5 - Dies Irae (1/3)

Timur and the Dime Museum will premiere my new piece, COLLAPSE, at REDCAT on March 27-29!

Go to the REDCAT website for tickets

For the days leading up to the premiere, I'll be posting the libretto for COLLAPSE, one song at a time.


COLLAPSE part 5: Dies Irae (1/3)
DEMON CHORA
(Text take from the International Atomic Energy Agency's INES scale)

Level 0: Deviation

No Safety Significance

Level 1: Anomoly

Overexposure of a member of the public in excess of statutory annual limits.
Minor problems with safety components with significant defence-in-depth remaining.
Low activity lost or stolen radioactive source, device or transport package.

Level 2: Incident


Exposure of a member of the public in excess of 10 millisieverts.
Exposure of a worker in excess of the statutory annual limits.

Level 3: Serious Incident

Exposure in excess of ten times the statutory annual limit for workers.
Non-lethal deterministic health effect (e.g., burns) from radiation.

Level 4: People and Environment

Minor release of radioactive material unlikely to result in implementation of planned countermeasures other than local food controls.
At least one death from radiation.

Level 5: Accident with Wider Consequences

Limited release of radioactive material likely to require implementation of some planned countermeasures.
Several deaths from radiation.

LEVEL 6: Serious Accident

Significant release of radioactive material likely to require implementation of planned countermeasures.

Level 7: Major Accident

Major release of radioactive material with widespread health and environmental effects requiring implementation of planned and extended countermeasures.

Wikipedia says:
The International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES) was introduced in 1990[1] by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in order to enable prompt communication of safety-significant information in case of nuclear accidents... Nuclear experts say that the "INES emergency scale is very likely to be revisited" given the confusing way in which it was used in the 2011 Japanese nuclear accidents.
and
The demon core was a... subcritical mass of plutonium which went briefly critical in two separate accidents at the Los Alamos laboratory in 1945 and 1946... Physicist Louis Slotin and seven other Los Alamos personnel were in a Los Alamos laboratory conducting an experiment to verify the exact point at which a subcritical mass (core) of fissile material could be made critical by the positioning of neutron reflectors. The test was known as "tickling the dragon's tail" for its extreme risk.

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