Dominion says North Anna build to take 6.2 quake

HOUSTON Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:49pm EDT

Dominion Virginia Power's North Anna Power Station in Mineral, Virginia is pictured in this undated photograph obtained on August 23, 2011. Two nuclear reactors at North Anna plant were shut down on Tuesday after the facility lost power following a strong earthquake that rattled the U.S. East Coast, but company officials said there was no major damage from the 5.9 magnitude quake, which was centered in Mineral. REUTERS/Dominion Power/Handout

Dominion Virginia Power's North Anna Power Station in Mineral, Virginia is pictured in this undated photograph obtained on August 23, 2011. Two nuclear reactors at North Anna plant were shut down on Tuesday after the facility lost power following a strong earthquake that rattled the U.S. East Coast, but company officials said there was no major damage from the 5.9 magnitude quake, which was centered in Mineral.

Credit: Reuters/Dominion Power/Handout

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HOUSTON (Reuters) - Dominion Resources Inc said its 1,806-megawatt North Anna nuclear station in Virginia was designed to withstand a 6.2 magnitude earthquake, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

The nuclear plant shut automatically after a 5.9 magnitude quake hit in the vicinity of the plant located in Mineral, Virginia.

(Reporting by Eileen O'Grady; editing by Andre Grenon)

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SarK0Y wrote:
new Chernobyls are only Matter of coming Time, if those scum will not be decommissioned as soon as possible.

Aug 23, 2011 6:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MarkGoldes wrote:
THE EARTHQUAKE IS A WAKE UP CALL! NASA WARNS THAT A SOLAR EVENT CAN COLLAPSE THE POWER GRID FOR MONTHS IN THE EASTERN AND NORTHWEST AREAS OF THE NATION.

A nuclear plant without grid power for a month is a candidate for a meltdown.

See the aesopinstitute.org website for an overview of what that might mean.

Mobilizing to prevent the worse can, ironically, help to revitalize the economy and generate jobs.

Aug 23, 2011 6:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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