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wtf -- last week's Virginia quake caused *FIRST-EVER* US Nuclear Plant shutdown for earthquake

 
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The earthquake-induced shutdown at the North Anna nuclear power-generating station in Louisa County last week appears
to be the first such occurrence among U.S. commercial power plants, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said.

Federal and Dominion Virginia Power officials are concerned that the shaking from the Aug. 23 Central Virginia
earthquake may have been greater than the plant was designed for.

The utility said it is still planning for a proposed third nuclear unit at North Anna, which would be designed to
resist more than four times the force that the first two reactors were built to handle.

An NRC augmented inspection team arrived at the North Anna nuclear power station Tuesday to review the effects of last
week’s earthquake, the operators’ response and the plant staff’s activities to check equipment.

“Until we get more information about what the plant experienced, it’s difficult to say what steps the NRC may
require Dominion to take going forward,” said NRC spokesman Roger Hannah in Atlanta.

The utility said Tuesday that it had completed about a fourth of the detailed inspections of the two plants and
about a third of the related civil engineering inspections of the power station’s facilities.

“We didn’t find anything significant,” company spokesman Jim Norvelle said.

Damage, which he described as minor, includes a hairline crack in the cinderblock wall of a fuel storage building in
the power station, and insulation falling off piping in the turbine building and off the refueling water storage tank,
though no damage occurred to the tank, Norvelle said.

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In all the earthquakes along the West Coast,
NONE ever caused the nuke plants to close???!

That's not re-assuring at all.
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Insulation falling off piping in the turbine building?

Isn't insulation like a rubbery foam? I'm sure it had to be bending and shaking a lot to crack and fall off?
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It's no big deal right up until the meltdown

I'm not at all confident they have it under control.
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It's no big deal right up until the meltdown

I'm not at all confident they have it under control.
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We've been lied to before about the safety and
health of nuclear plants, haven't we?
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In all the earthquakes along the West Coast,
NONE ever caused the nuke plants to close???!

That's not re-assuring at all.
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OP, we are mostly Liberals out here but even our friends, The Conservatives finally saw The Light on the nukes. We've been closing them down since the 60's. We weren't too fond of war either, but we lost that "battle".

Peace.

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seems so scripted..whats for dessert?
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We're ahead of most states in building Liberal eco-friendly natural energy wind and solar generators out in our eastern desert for all the US and Mexican immigrants that love us and move here for our awesome weather.

Ya'll come ... we'll leave the solar lights on for you.
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Insulation falling off piping in the turbine building?

Isn't insulation like a rubbery foam? I'm sure it had to be bending and shaking a lot to crack and fall off?
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Its not foamy insulation, its hard, like dried clay.


Nuclear plants are very safe, just not safe enough.
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It's no big deal right up until the meltdown

I'm not at all confident they have it under control.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1458057


You can't control a force of nature (earthquake) or (nuclear fission chain reaction).


If a melt down did happen, in North Anna, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and a big part of North Carolina and Pennsylvania would be uninhabitable.

The economic cost measured over 20 years would be 10 Trillion. Little kids would be getting cancer.

It won't matter anyways in America in a couple of generations everyone will be brown and either speak Spanish or Chinese.

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