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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 21, 1999 - 5A

Hurrne ose tears through aribbean

ST. JOHN ' , AntHgua (A\P) I Hurricane
Jose ripped roo s from houses, tore down a
newly built church and flun debris through
deserted streets yesterday .s it made a direct
hit on Antigua and threatened a string of
other Caribbean islands.
Storm-weary islanders in neighboring St.
Kitts, where a few homes remain roofless
from last year's devastating hurricane scason,
braced themselves as Jose bore down pack-
ing 100 mph winds and drenching rain.
In a television oroadcast, atieng Prime
Minister Sam Condor told the people of St.
Kitts and Nevis to "prepare for he worst."
"It's projected to move right across the
Leeward Islands. All of them are within the

orologist Bill Frederick of the U.S. Hurricane
Center in Miami.
There was a strong chance the storm
would not reach the U.S. East Coast, meteo-
rologist Michael Formosa said.
Jose was expected to hit the British Virgin
Islands before veering to the north, a turn that
would save the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto
Rico. The Bahamas were also placed on hur-
ricane alert.
Yesterday afternoon, Jose dumped rain and
roiled up dangerous waves on Antigua as it
moved northwestward at 12 mph. Hurricane-
force winds extended up to 35 miles and
were confined to a small area near the center,
but were expected to strengthen and broaden.

utility poles and left Antiguans without
power and water service.
At the Yetton Beach Resort outside the
Antiguan capital of St. John's, a ferocious
wind howled through the cracks in boarded-
up doors. A ceiling collapsed in a two-
roomed unit of the hotel. No one was hurt in
that incident.
The storm also destroyed a newly built
Baptist church in the south of the islandABS
radio reported. Prime Minister Lester Bird
was expected to dispatch security forces as
soon as the storm subsided to prevent loot-
ing, the radio said.
' In St. Kitts, dozens of tourists tried td flee
the hurricane, but airlines began canceling
flights late Tuesday and the airport closed
yesterday. People shopping for emergency
supplies crowded stores until they closed at

The island's sole hospital discharged several
patients, sent home all but essential staff and
moved seriously ill patients into a hurricane-
resistant building. Eighty-five percent of the
homes on St. Kitts and Nevis were destroyed in
1995 by back-to-back hurricanes Luis and
Marilyn. Those islands took another bad hit
last year from Hurricane Georges.
In the U.S. Virgin Islands, Gov. Charles
Turnbull announced a curfew from 6 p.m.
yesterday. Shops and offices closed at noon.
Many tourists managed to leave th
islands, but brothers Jolyon and Nick Fry
of Cincinnati, Ohio, sat reading a book an
playing the guitar at the airport Wednesday.
"We're afraid that we might get stuck,'
said Jolyon Fryer. "We've never lived
through a hurricane:"

AP PHOT)O ...u . . , ., . -,. - .,-,. ... ,,., .
YabIreibo Zenon, a medical student in Vieques, Puerto Rico, direct line of the storm -Montserrat, Tropical stor
hangs a "good luck" mobile he made inside a hurricane shel- Antigua, Barbuda, Nevis, St. Kitts, St. 115 miles.
ter at the Monte David Camp yesterday. Eustatius, St. Maartcn, Anguilla," said mete- Jose flatte
Symposium to discuss nuclear power

m force winds extended another
ned small palm trees, ripped up

Continued from Page 1
The MMPP will host the symposium
at White Hall in the Cooley Building on
North Campus. The two-day event is
i and open to the public. The presen-
tatiOns "will be understandable by the
general public," Senior Research
Associate John Lindsay said.
"It will be a nice opportunity to bring
back former students and faculty who
used to be and are still active in the
field, and present research," said Bill
Martin, professor of nuclear engineer-
ing and radiological sciences.
"It's like a birthday party without the.
ke," Martin said,
he reactor is noted for four main
projects. The first is the eradicated steel
samples used in nuclear power plants.
This involves testing pressure vessel
samples to see how they behave during
a period of time. The nuclear reactor
has an accelerated aging process, so an
element that chemically would take 40
years to age would take only three to
fqur years in the reactor.
The second project is the nuclear
oivation analysis process, which erad-
icates environmental artifacts with a
otie-in-a-million accuracy to date the
chemical elements in the samples. In
addition to age, the nuclear reactor can
tell how much of an element is in an
Neutron radiography is a type of X-
ray vision that can see through metal,
unlike regular X-rays. This helps dis-
over how oil of lubricants are working
side of automobile engines.
Outside of the nuclear engineering
department is the nuclear medicine
research that assists in diagnosis and clin-

ical treatments of brain disorders such as
Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.
The reactor is considered one of the
three most effective reactors in the coun-
try, and the only reactor on a college
campus that can work around the clock.
It works on a two-week schedule -on
for 10 days and off for four, Lee said.
The facility is open to anyone on
campus, and the 23 researchers at the
MMPP also work with people outside
of the University in engineering and
physical sciences.
The reactor is not only used by scien-
tists. The department of classical stud-
ies uses the reactor to date archeologi-
cal artifacts, and an English professor
was able to date an ancient manuscript.
"In general, it contributes clearly to
research in nuclear sciences, and the edu-
cation of both undergraduate and gradu-
ate students,' said Lee Katterman, assis-
tant to vice president for research.
332 Maynard
(Across from Nickels Arcade)

The symposium will emphasize how
to continue using this apparatus with a
focus on continued funding.
"Obviously wind and solar power
won't fill the energy void as we had
hoped, so it is important to emphasize
the continued studying and training of
scientists to take advantage of this
research," said Lindsay, who will be
speaking this afternoon about "how to
get numerical results from images
using neutron radiography."
In regard to financing the reactor,
"we need to try to think about how we
can find support. It is expensive to run,
and the federal government is not sup-
porting us the way they used to, while
society has waffled in support,"
Katterman said.
"Society has the tendency to link
nuclear reactors with social concerns,
yet this can flag problems before they
harm the public," he said.


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