The earthquake of magnitude 5.8 occurred Tuesday afternoon on the East Coast of the United States has led to the off of the two reactors of a nuclear plant in Virginia, located a few kilometers from the epicenter. According to the operator no apparent damage was found,
The disaster occurred in Fukushima in Japan last March highlighted the considerable risk that could represent earthquakes for nuclear power plants. Following the shock felt yesterday afternoon on the East Coast of the United States, the U.S. nuclear authority (CRN) has logically concerned about the status of power plants in the perimeter touch. Thus, the company that operates Dominion Nuclear North Anna power plant located in Virginia said the quake had caused a power outage and shutdown of two reactors.
“The reactors were automatically shut down due to power cut linked to the earthquake, despite the automatic start emergency diesel generators,” said David Heacock president of the operating company. North Anna Power Station is actually located a few kilometers from the epicenter located by the American Institute of Geophysics. However, no apparent damage was found, the official who also said that 250,000 homes powered by the plant were not affected by the shutdown of the reactors. Following the earthquake, the company was able to Dominion Nuclear activate a redistribution system with other power plants.
For its part, the NRC said minor alerts were reported in a dozen other stations on the East Coast.