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 the Union of Concerned Scientists
It was uncomfortably close to design basis.
Published: August 24th, 2011 at 7:09 am ET
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