A moderate earthquake shook southwest Maine Wednesday evening, and the effects were felt in the control room at the Seabrook nuclear power plant in New Hampshire. As the Boston Globe reported:
The Seabrook nuclear power plant declared “an unusual event’’ at 7:20 p.m. Tuesday after an earthquake centered in Maine was felt in the control room of the New Hampshire facility, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In a statement, the NRC said the “unusual event’’ is the lowest of four levels of emergency classifications used by the NRC.
“The declaration was prompted by on-site ground motion resulting from an earthquake centered near Hollis, Maine – about 50 miles from the plant,’’ NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan said in a statement.
The Seabrook power plant was not the only nuclear facility to be in the quake zone. As the Bangor Daily News reported, the incident caused a walk-down inspection of spent fuel casks at the decommissioned Maine Yankee nuclear power plant:
“Officials at Maine Yankee say casks containing radioactive waste were inspected and are safe in the aftermath of the strongest earthquake to strike Maine in 40 years.”
Here’s a link for the Boston Globe article: http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2012/10/17/earthquake-triggers-unusual-event-seabrook-nuclear-power-plant-damage-found-nrc-says/xOojiKIwy345T9ni1ZqnCJ/story.html
And here’s one for the Bangor Daily News: http://bangordailynews.com/2012/10/17/news/midcoast/earthquake-didnt-crack-wiscasset-nuclear-waste-containers-maine-yankee-officials-say/?ref=latest