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Virginia nuke plant “venting steam” — Spokesman says “no release of radioactive material” (PHOTO & VIDEO)

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North Anna Power plant reactors shuts down – 5 pm, WAVY, August 23, 2011:

SOURCE: WAVY

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[...] Amanda Reidelbach [an emergency management spokeswoman for Louisa County] said the plant was venting steam but there was no release of radioactive material [...]

h/t bmurr, anonymous tip

. . . → Read More: Virginia nuke plant “venting steam” — Spokesman says “no release of radioactive material” (PHOTO & VIDEO)

ABC News: Virginia nuke plant has to “go to the backup to the backup” power supply — “That doesn’t sound good” (VIDEO)

Diane Sawyer interviews Michio Kaku, ABC News, August 23, 2011:

Transcript Summary

Sawyer: [...] When you have to go to the backup to the backup that doesn’t sound good.

Michio Kaku, Physicist: Not good at all. We just dodged a bullet on this one. There are 4 backup pumps, one of them is out… . . . → Read More: ABC News: Virginia nuke plant has to “go to the backup to the backup” power supply — “That doesn’t sound good” (VIDEO)

Strange: Spokesman says workers at Virginia nuke plant were preparing to manually shut down reactors after quake when system went into automatic shut down — Another spokesman says “it was a manual shutdown”

Central Va., East Coast recovering from 5.8 quake, Richmond Times Dispatch, August 23, 2011:

[...] Dominion spokesman Richard Zuercher [...] said North Anna’s operators were preparing to manually shut down the units after the quake when the power station’s operating system automatically powered down both units, which supply about 10 percent of the state’s . . . → Read More: Strange: Spokesman says workers at Virginia nuke plant were preparing to manually shut down reactors after quake when system went into automatic shut down — Another spokesman says “it was a manual shutdown”

Nuclear reactors at quake-hit Virginia nuke plant are “sitting on a fault line”

Sitting on a fault line, Free Lance-Star, March 16, 1991:

[T]he fault line that lies beneath two nuclear reactors [at the North Anna Nuclear Power Plant] remains a cause for concern [..]

That particular fault was discovered in 1970 when the plant was under contruction, but was not reported until 1973 to the Atomic . . . → Read More: Nuclear reactors at quake-hit Virginia nuke plant are “sitting on a fault line”

Emergency diesel generator fails at Virginia nuke plant hit by 5.9 quake

2 nuclear reactors taken offline after Va. quake, AP, August 23, 2011:

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 three emergency diesel generators, . . . → Read More: Emergency diesel generator fails at Virginia nuke plant hit by 5.9 quake

Company admits Virginia nuke plant only designed to withstand a magnitude 5.9 – 6.1 earthquake — Today’s quake was 5.9

Lake Anna Reactor Ranked 7th most At-Risk for Earthquake Damage, NBC 29, March 16, 2011:  The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ranked the earthquake damage risk at all 104 nuclear power plants in this country. The pair operated by Dominion Power, at Lake Anna in eastern Louisa County, come in at 7th most . . . → Read More: Company admits Virginia nuke plant only designed to withstand a magnitude 5.9 – 6.1 earthquake — Today’s quake was 5.9

Virginia nuke plant has lost offsite power after quake, generators being used to cool reactors — “As far as we know, everything is safe” says NRC

Virginia Nuclear Plant Loses Power After Quake, Wall Street Journal, August 23, 2011:

A nuclear power plant in central Virginia has lost offsite power [... and] is now using four diesel generators to maintain cooling operations. The plant automatically shut down in the wake of the earthquake. 

“As far as we know, everything is . . . → Read More: Virginia nuke plant has lost offsite power after quake, generators being used to cool reactors — “As far as we know, everything is safe” says NRC

Paper: Fears of Fukushima-like nuclear disaster because quake centered just a few miles from an old nuclear power plant — Strongest to hit Virginia area since 1897

BREAKING NEWS: 5.9 earthquake hits Virginia with aftershocks in Washington DC and New York, Daily Mirror, August 23, 2011:

A huge earthquake ripped through the east coast of America this afternoon, causing terrifying tremors from Washington D.C. to New York. [...]

There were also fears of a nuclear disaster of the kind seen in . . . → Read More: Paper: Fears of Fukushima-like nuclear disaster because quake centered just a few miles from an old nuclear power plant — Strongest to hit Virginia area since 1897

Quake rocks Washington DC area — 5.9-magnitude epicenter only 12 miles from Virginia nuke plant

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Quake rocks Washington area, felt on East Coast, AP, August 23, 2011:

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Rhode Island, New York City and Martha’s Vineyard, Mass [...]

It was centered near Louisa, Va., which is northwest of Richmond . . . → Read More: Quake rocks Washington DC area — 5.9-magnitude epicenter only 12 miles from Virginia nuke plant

Gundersen: Radioactive sulfur in California shows there were ongoing criticalities, recurring chain reactions (VIDEO)

Gundersen: Radioactive sulfur in California shows there were ongoing criticalities, recurring chain reactions (VIDEO)

New Data Supports Previous Fairewinds Analysis, as Contamination Spreads in Japan and Worldwide, Fairewinds, August 21, 2011:

At 1:10 in (Transcript Summary)

Arnie Gundersen, chief nuclear engineer at Fairewinds Associates:

When saltwater is hit by neutrons, it becomes sulfur. Where did the “enormous number” of 400 billion neutrons/sq meter come from? Sulfur report . . . → Read More: Gundersen: Radioactive sulfur in California shows there were ongoing criticalities, recurring chain reactions (VIDEO)

Rapidly intensifying Hurricane Irene heading for Brunswick nuclear plant in North Carolina — Could become massive Category 4, up to 155 mph

Irene could become massive Category 4 hurricane, MSNBC, August 23, 2011:

Florida would be first U.S. area to feel it, landfall in Carolinas likely

The rapidly intensifying Irene that’s already cut a destructive path through the Caribbean is the first hurricane to seriously threaten the U.S. in almost three years [...]By Thursday, as . . . → Read More: Rapidly intensifying Hurricane Irene heading for Brunswick nuclear plant in North Carolina — Could become massive Category 4, up to 155 mph

Researcher too frightened to get closer than 100 km from meltdowns after seeing radiation levels — “I’ve been quite shocked by the amount” (VIDEO)

Researcher too frightened to get closer than 100 km from meltdowns after seeing radiation levels — “I’ve been quite shocked by the amount” (VIDEO)

Fukushima Like the TITANIC (Christopher Busby), August 13, 2011:

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Chris Busby [visiting professor at the University of Ulster’s school of biomedical sciences and scientific secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risk, a think-tank -Bloomberg]

I absolutely don’t want to go anywhere near this because having seen what I’ve . . . → Read More: Researcher too frightened to get closer than 100 km from meltdowns after seeing radiation levels — “I’ve been quite shocked by the amount” (VIDEO)

Potent radiation leak discovered: Pipe emitting 3 sieverts per hour

Potent radiation leak halts water decontamination operations at Fukushima plant, Mainichi Daily News, August 23, 2011:

Operations to decontaminate highly radioactive water at the crisis-stricken Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant came to a 13-hour halt when a section of pipe emitting 3 sieverts of radiation per hour in one decontamination system was discovered, . . . → Read More: Potent radiation leak discovered: Pipe emitting 3 sieverts per hour

“We are basically recreating Fukushima all over again” — Clouds of radiation continue across to Pacific Northwest (VIDEO)

New Data Supports Previous Fairewinds Analysis, as Contamination Spreads in Japan and Worldwide, Fairewinds, August 21, 2011:

At 7:30 in (Transcript Summary)

Arnie Gundersen, chief nuclear engineer at Fairewinds Associates:

Lots of serious ramifications from burning of nuclear waste Material from Fukushima that was on the ground is now going airborne again Towns . . . → Read More: “We are basically recreating Fukushima all over again” — Clouds of radiation continue across to Pacific Northwest (VIDEO)