Dominion North Anna nuclear units shut by quake

HOUSTON Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:47pm EDT

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HOUSTON (Reuters) - Two nuclear reactors in Virginia operated by Dominion Resources' were shut due to an earthquake which was reported near the plant site on Tuesday, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Two reactors at the North Anna Station in Mineral, Virginia, tripped, the NRC said.

The plants lost off-site power, but diesel generators are operating, the spokesman said.

Dominion's two-unit Surry plant in Gravel, Virginia, continues to operate, the NRC said.

(Reporting by Eileen O'Grady)

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jhardaway wrote:
I live 25 miles north of this plant. Hopefully the wind keeps blowing to the east. YIKES!!!

Aug 23, 2011 4:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
PeterMelzer wrote:
The magnitude of the Virginia earthquake came two notches close to the limits of design of the North Anna nuclear power station located near Mineral, VA. The reactors there were built to withstand a 5.9-6.1 quake. Yet, the quake did not trip reactor shutdown automatically which should have happened like in Japan, unfortunately to no avail at the Fukushima 1 power station where three reactors experienced fuel core meltdowns.

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Aug 24, 2011 8:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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