Yesterday’s 5.8 earthquake triggered a Notice of Unusual Event at 21 commercial nuclear reactors in six states. The only reactors that tripped during the incident were the two at North Anna in Virginia. North Anna is less than fifteen miles from the epicenter of the quake. The plant lost all offsite power, and had problems with one of its Emergency Diesel Generators. Offsite power has now been restored to the plant.
This morning’s NRC Event Reports also added two research reactors. Notices of Unusual Events were also declared at North Carolina State University and the University of Maryland.
And, as if that wasn’t enough, Hurricane Irene is apparently going to make landfall soon, affecting much of the upper East Coast….