Category Archives: Earthquake

Update on Diablo Canyon: Senate committee to hold hearings on closure

Yesterday, I told you that the former NRC resident inspector at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant is calling for the facility to be closed over seismic concerns. Today, closure may be one step closer. According to an Associated Press … Continue reading

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Former NRC resident inspector says Diablo Canyon should be closed over earthquake concerns

As Northern California begins to recover from a 6.0 magnitude earthquake, a former resident inspector is calling for the closure of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant until the facility’s ability to withstand a major earthquake can be assessed. The … Continue reading

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Breaking news: 6.3 earthquake strikes Mexican state of Veracruz, home to Mexico’s nuclear power plant

The Yucatan Times reported today: A strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake shook much of eastern Mexico on Tuesday July 29th, 2014, a few minutes before 6 in the morning, but there were no reports of damage or injury. The U.S. Geological … Continue reading

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Seismologist says today’s 6.8 earthquake is an aftershock from 2011’s massive earthquake, warns of more to come

The Borneo Post reported today: Seismologists said an earthquake that struck near Japan’s shuttered Fukushima nuclear site early yesterday was an aftershock of the tremor that sparked 2011’s deadly tsunami, and warned of more to come. The strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake … Continue reading

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This just in: 6.8 earthquake, minor tsunami hit Fukushima region

  The Bangkok Post just reported: A minor tsunami hit large swathes of northeastern Japan early Saturday, including in a city near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, after a strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the country’s Pacific coast. There … Continue reading

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Event Reports: Earthquake felt on-site at Arizona nuke, Fitness for Duty failures in Pennsylvania and Tennessee, alarm failure reported in Illinois and high winds felt at Iowa nuke

Some items from this week’s Events Notification Report page on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s website: 1. On Saturday night, Arizona’s Palo Verde nuclear power declared an Unusual Event after an earthquake was felt on-site. The shaking was the result of … Continue reading

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Event Reports: An electrical issue shuts down a reactor in New Hampshire, a leak causes an Illinois reactor to coast to a stop, a Louisiana reactor loses emergency sirens and an earthquake hits a shuttered nuke in California

Some items from today’s Event Notification Report: 1. Early this morning, as operators were ramping down the sole reactor at New Hampshire’s Seabrook nuclear power plant for refueling, the reactor shut itself down and initiated an emergency feedwater activation. The … Continue reading

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