In the wake of the 5.8 magnitude quake last month centered in Virginia, the North Anna nuclear power plant in Louisa County, Virginia, briefly shut down, as a precaution. Although no significant damage was reported, federal regulators are investigating whether the quake exceeded the maximum level the two reactors at the plant were built to handle, The Hill is reporting. UPDATE 9/1/11: A 3.4 magnitude aftershock earthquake was felt in Virginia this morning.
Questions about the ability of nuclear facilities to withstand earthquakes have become more frequent since the much larger quake and Tsunami in Japan damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and caused leakage of radiation, according to The Los Angeles Times.
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By Tom Pelton
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
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