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Washington - Quake Prompts Review Of Nuclear Plants In 6 States

Published on: August 23, 2011 07:06 PM
By: AP
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In this Feb. 10, 2005 file photo, The containment domes enclosing the North Anna Power Station's two nuclear reactors rise over a discharge canal at the Louisa  plant in Spotsylvainia county Va. A 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia forced evacuations of all the monuments on the National Mall in Washington and rattled nerves from Georgia. Two nuclear reactors at the North Anna Power Station in the same county as the epicenter were automatically taken off line by safety systems around the time of the earthquake, said Roger Hannah, a spokesman for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. (AP Photo/the Free Lance-Star, Suzanne Carr-Rossi, File)In this Feb. 10, 2005 file photo, The containment domes enclosing the North Anna Power Station's two nuclear reactors rise over a discharge canal at the Louisa plant in Spotsylvainia county Va. A 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia forced evacuations of all the monuments on the National Mall in Washington and rattled nerves from Georgia. Two nuclear reactors at the North Anna Power Station in the same county as the epicenter were automatically taken off line by safety systems around the time of the earthquake, said Roger Hannah, a spokesman for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. (AP Photo/the Free Lance-Star, Suzanne Carr-Rossi, File)

Washington - Federal officials say nuclear plants from North Carolina to Michigan are under increased scrutiny after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake rocked the East Coast.

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Twelve nuclear plants declared what regulators call “unusual events” after Tuesday’s earthquake, which was centered 40 miles northwest of Richmond, Va.

Two nuclear reactors at Virginia’s North Anna Power Station, in the same county as the epicenter, were automatically taken off line by safety systems. No damage was reported at the plant, which is being powered by emergency diesel generators.

The quake was also felt at the Surry nuclear plant near Newport News, but a spokesman said both reactors there continued to operate safely.

Besides Surry, nuclear plants in Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina and Pennsylvania were placed under increased scrutiny, but continued to operate.



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