North Anna Nuclear Power Plant on Emergency Backup Power Due to Earthquake

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903461304576526642400085456.html

Seven other nuclear power plants in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey have declared “unusual events.”

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* Two reactors at Virginia plant shut after quake

* Event a “wake-up call” for US nuclear industry-Scientist

* Idled plant designed to withstand 6.2 magnitude quake

* Plants reacted as planned to quake-industry officials”

The plant lost power and automatically halted operations after the quake. While a Dominion spokesman reported no “major” damage to the facility, three diesel generators were required to kick in and keep the reactors’ radioactive cores cool. A fourth diesel unit failed.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/24/quake-usa-nuclear-dominion-idUSN1E77M1N320110824

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