Two Nuclear Reactors Taken Offline, 9 Declare Unusual Events, After Virginia Earthquake


After raising the question on why the media was being silent on the fate of the Anna Virginia nuclear reactors we learn the earthquake has taken 2 nuclear plants offline.

Google Earth – Locations Of Virginia Quake Epicenter Compared To Anna Nuclear Plan

Mineral Virgina – North Anna Nuclear Plant Taken Offline By Earth Quake
A little over an hour ago I reported the media was being unusually quiet about the fate of the Anna nuclear power plant at the epicenter of the Virginia quake after receiving an phone call about the reactor.

Media Silent On Fate Of Anna Nuclear Plant At Epicenter Of 5.9 Mineral Virginia Earthquake
Location of North Anna Nuclear Generating Station

A massive 5.9 earthquake, the largest ever in recorded history, which has been felt across the U.S. from Colorado To Massachusetts, has an epicenter near Mineral Virginia’s Anna Nuclear Power Plant.

The 2011 Virginia earthquake was a magnitude 5.9 (Mw) intraplate earthquake that occurred on August 23, 2011. The focus is reported by the USGS to be about 64 km (39 mi) northwest of Richmond, Virginia near the town of Mineral, Virginia.

The earthquake was the highest-magnitude event in Virginia in recorded history.
Impact

At approximately 2:12 PM EST, tremors were felt as far away as Ontario, Canada, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Massachusetts. In Washington, DC the Capitol building and the Pentagon were evacuated, as were many buildings in New York City.

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While no damage, injuries, or deaths has been reported at the moment there is one thing the media is being suspiciously quiet about.

The epicenter of the quake Mineral Virginia, which is the location of the Anna Nuclear Power Plant.

According MSNBC, the plant was among the list of nuclear power plants at most risk to suffer core damage from an earthquake.

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In fact the list, compiled from NRC data, showed that the Anna nuclear plant was the 7th most likely reactor to suffer core damage […]

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One more parting point, TEPCO’s – and in fact the nuclear industry’s – dirty little secret.

The nuclear meltdown in Japan didn’t happen because of the Tsunami as they first told us. The meltdown was caused by damage from the earthquake before the Tsunami hit. While it may have been a 9.0 earthquake out in the Pacific, it was only a 6.4 at the nuclear power plant itself.

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Since then 9 unusual events have been declared at nuclear reactors following the quake and the NRC reports that the two nuclear reactors hit directly by the quake have been taken offline.

The Intel Hub gives us a round up of the the latest news reports on the reactors below.

Two nuclear reactors were taken offline at the North Anna Power Station due to the earthquakes in Virgina.

Federal officials say two nuclear reactors at the North Anna Power Station in Louisa County, Va., were automatically taken off line by safety systems around the time of the earthquake.

The Dominion-operated power plant is being run off of four emergency diesel generators, which are supplying power for critical safety equipment.

Whether or not they were damaged and releasing radiation is unknown at this time and unfortunately we will most likely never know considering the fact that all major nuclear disasters have been covered up worldwide.

Anna Rhett Miller, a reporter for CNN has tweeted the following:

NRC confirms Dominion’s North Anna plant has lost offsite power, is shut down, and is now using backup generators to keep spent fuel cool.

Nuclear Plant Near Epicenter Shuts Down

There are reports that indicate that these earthquakes may actually have been a foreshock!

National Review Online

“What the concern is, of course, is that this is a foreshock. If it’s a foreshock, then the worse is yet to come.”

She said the energy from earthquakes on the East Coast does not attenuate as quickly as it does on the West Coast, and thus even a relatively modest tremor can shake a very broad [area].

“When something like this happen, everyone has to remember, more than half of the states in the U.S. are considered earthquake country. When something like this happens, remember what to do in the case of a seismic event. Duck, get under something sturdy like a desk or a doorway, get away from falling glass. Make sure that you are not in the way of falling objects like pictures, bookshelves, books, anything that’s not firmly connected the wall.”

CNN is reporting that 9 nuclear power plants have declared an unusual event after the earthquake. Stay tuned as more news comes in.
NRC Current Power Reactors Status

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