Comisión Chilena de Energía Nuclear

This piece of work was developed as part of the funded research project Seismic Cities. We conducted fieldwork in Santiago, Chile with the intention of investigating the preparedness of the residents of the city for ‘seismic events’. Our fieldwork quickly revealed that one of the biggest challenges facing the city was that commonly held misconceptions were resulting in poor decisions being made during seismic events. For instance, staff working at the nuclear reactor (the Comisión Chilena de Energía Nuclear) within the city informed us that some residents of the city panic about a meltdown, despite the many safety precautions in place. In light of this discovery, we produced a multisensory virtual archive of the inside of the nuclear reactor. This archive allows any number of visitors to explore a virtual version of the site and have the many safety features explained to them, which would not be feasible within the physical space.