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August 24 photo shows steam rising from multiple locations at quake-hit Virginia nuke plant (PHOTO)

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Magnitude-5.8 earthquake shakes D.C., Washington Post, August 24, 2011:

North Anna Nuclear power plant is shown on the morning after an earthquake which was centered in Mineral, Va., 8 miles from the plant. The containment buildings housing reactor number two is to the left, and reactor number one to the right. Steam can . . . → Read More: August 24 photo shows steam rising from multiple locations at quake-hit Virginia nuke plant (PHOTO)

Wired.com: Fukushima on the Mississippi? NRC says New Madrid fault “major area of concern” — 15 nuke plants in zone

Pentagon Quake Nightmare: Fukushima on the Mississippi, Wired.com by Noah Shachtman, August 24, 2011:

In May, the federal government simulated an earthquake so massive, it killed 100,000 Midwesterners instantly, and forced more than 7 million people out of their homes. At the time, National Level Exercise 11 went largely unnoticed; the scenario seemed too . . . → Read More: Wired.com: Fukushima on the Mississippi? NRC says New Madrid fault “major area of concern” — 15 nuke plants in zone

Four days before March 11 quake, Japan gov’t told that 30+ ft tsunami could hit Fukushima plant

Japan utility knew of tsunami threat: government, AP, August 24, 2011:

Japan’s nuclear regulator says the operator of a damaged nuclear plant knew it might be hit by a far bigger tsunami than it was designed to withstand.

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency says the operator informed it just four days before Japan’s . . . → Read More: Four days before March 11 quake, Japan gov’t told that 30+ ft tsunami could hit Fukushima plant

Argentum-110m detected in marine life: China researchers — All water samples contain strontium-90

Excessive Radiation Found in Sea Organisms Near Japan’s Nuke Plant, Xinhua, August 24, 2011:

Biological samples taken from waters in the Western Pacific region east of Fukushima, Japan show excessive radiation levels, said a statement from China’s State Oceanic Administration on Wednesday.

The administration suggested that government agencies intensify radiation testing of marine products . . . → Read More: Argentum-110m detected in marine life: China researchers — All water samples contain strontium-90

“Quake sensors removed around Virginia nuke plant due to budget cuts” — Spokesman: We’re still evaluating “all of the instrumentation that’s at North Anna” to determine forces reactors dealt with

Quake sensors removed around Virginia nuke plant due to budget cuts, Raw Story, August 23, 2011:

[...] According to the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME), the Virginia Tech Seismological Observatory (VTSO) removed all seismographs from around the plant in the 1990s due to budget cuts. [...]

Virginia Nuclear Plant Gets Closer . . . → Read More: “Quake sensors removed around Virginia nuke plant due to budget cuts” — Spokesman: We’re still evaluating “all of the instrumentation that’s at North Anna” to determine forces reactors dealt with

Bloomberg: ‘Hot Spots’ Spreading — Gov’t to check radiation up to 460 km from meltdowns

Japan Triples Airborne Radiation Checks as ‘Hot Spots’ Spread, Bloomberg by Tsuyoshi Inajima and Yuji Okada, August 24, 2011:

[...] Officials on Aug. 12 found compost in a kindergarten yard in Tokamachi city, Niigata prefecture containing radioactive cesium measuring 27,000 becquerels per kilogram, Kenichiro Kasuga, an official at the city’s disaster prevention department, . . . → Read More: Bloomberg: ‘Hot Spots’ Spreading — Gov’t to check radiation up to 460 km from meltdowns

Experts concerned about North Anna: “Uncomfortably close” to maximum quake that nuke plant was designed to withstand

Quake raises safety concerns as nuclear plant shut, Reuters, August 24, 2011:

[...] Dominion spokesman Jim Norvelle said the plant was designed to withstand an earthquake of up to 6.2 in magnitude.

But some experts expressed concern about the narrow margin between the design metrics and the quake’s size. [...]

Edwin Lyman of . . . → Read More: Experts concerned about North Anna: “Uncomfortably close” to maximum quake that nuke plant was designed to withstand

Nuclear reactors face double threat from quake and hurricane

U.S. Nuclear Industry Tested by Twin Threats From Mother Nature, San Francisco Chronicle, August 23, 2011:

[...] U.S. nuclear plants face the first post-Fukushima test of their ability to withstand multiple natural disasters as Hurricane Irene bears down on an area shaken by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake. [...]

The double threat from the earthquake and . . . → Read More: Nuclear reactors face double threat from quake and hurricane