Black smoke seen rising from North Anna nuclear plant after Virginia quake

Published: September 2nd, 2011 at 10:07 am ET


LAKE ANNA WAS ‘LIKE A JACUZZI’, Free Lance Star (Fredericksburg), September 2, 2011:

Jay Nesmith of Spotsylvania County experienced the earthquake from a rather unique perspective –on his boat on Lake Anna. […]

“I started to hear this rumble, and I thought they were doing some construction at the plant. It was a rumble that sounded very deep beneath the boat. All of a sudden, (the boat) started to rattle. Then it got really intense” […]

Back at the landing, he heard a roar from the power plant and saw some black smoke rising. That turned out to be related to an automatic shutdown at the plant, which was just around the next bend. […]

Published: September 2nd, 2011 at 10:07 am ET


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33 comments to Black smoke seen rising from North Anna nuclear plant after Virginia quake

  • James2

    It’s obvious to me that the conversation needs to shift from safety to risk.

    Those who’ve designed and run the plants and associated systems have been 100% focused on preventing a disaster from occurring and have put 0% thought into what to do after a meltdown occurs.

    We the people have to refocus them on the consequences of a meltdown – now that we know not only is it possible to occur, but it will occur with some regularity – we just don’t know where.

    The Anna example is the perfect case study. If that plant melted down, then Washington DC would’ve been wiped out.

    There are still occurring aftershocks. If the Lake Anna dam breaks and the water runs out, then the ability to cool the reactor is gone – then you have a mini Fukushima on your hands – 40 miles from the US Capitol.

    Not only would the US government be wiped out, but the FBI, CIA, the NSO, the NRC, FEMA and every other gov agency would be as well. Despite my sarcastic side that says this might be a good thing, in reality it would be the end of life as we know it in the United States.

    That’s risky folks. That’s the story that needs to get out to your congressional reps and your local newspapers.

    • pg

      Agree. I know 4-5 nuclear professionals, most working for the Navy. They are all trained to prevent a disaster, and are trained all the way to where the crisis turns “critical”. After that? Zero training. I had to educate them on shelters, exposure, potassium iodate, potassium iodide, make shift water filters, disposals, even meters! name it. I couldn’t sleep that night afterward.

      • James2

        Perhaps that’s why they had a near panic onboard the USS Reagan the morning it encountered the Fuku #3 explosion cloud – which was apparently – now confirmed to have been – laced with MOX fuel plutonium.

        They ended up putting exposed folks in the barber shop, so the radiation wouldn’t get into the ventilation system – it did anyway, and it also got into the ship water supply.

        They spent three days scrubbing the ship, but I still want to know if the Navy has confirmed to the individuals what they were exposed to.

      • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication


        “I had to educate them on … make shift water filters”

        Please elaborate on “make shift water filters” for our edification. Thanks, pg.

    • Terranigma1 Terranigma1

      Hurricane Katia is on the horizon.

    • Irritated Kalifornian

      Good morning J2, I appreciate your thoughtful response & clarification of your statements in yesterdays post. My question to you, or anyone else, is this: How Do we know for sure the North Anna plant has not melted down? That’s what the MSM is saying, but do we believe them? Is there another source that is more trustworthy or reliable? I don’t know for sure, does anyone else? This is what I am asking myself today. Is it my understanding that you live near this plant? If so, I hope you & everyone else out there is safe. I am off to enjoy the beautiful Southern Kalifornia weather. I know I will get some radiation, but how much? I don’t know. What is a fact is that I don’t know the answer to that question for a fact. Peace IK

      • alasanon

        I don’t doubt that Lake Anna was like a jacuzzi! Everyone here is still talking about the twin disasters in the same week…

        There is a scientific-minded fellow going by “anti-protons” on YouTube and on, who fastidiously has been measuring radiation levels on a daily basis, as part of his many scientific hobbies.

        He tests quite close to Lake Anna in VA, etc…. Check with him!! He responds promptly to kindly emails.

        Also, the VA state officials have not found any elevated or unusual levels at all in the air or water of the plant, thus far. It’s a miracle! Say some prayers for us! 😉 Thanks!

      • alasanon
        (based in n.central Virginia region)

        You can email him on his many YouTube videos, for example, for more specifics on recent events!

      • mikey

        IK u and J2 are BOTH shills and trolls please leave ur subtle with ur deception but im sure u hard left and J2 are the same person

        • James2

          Call me what you want. I assure you I have a single ID and I’m simply an interested individual.

          • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

            Sometimes Mikey sounds like a troll or shill. If someone attacks you it is more than likely because you are saying something important. Better to just ignore attacks.

      • James2

        Well Kalifornian.

        Obviously you want me to tell you where else I go to get information, perhaps for your own personal benefit, perhaps for some other reason. I will tell you I generally scan hundreds of sites a day. I watch everything said very carefully and read between the lines.

        The way you can tell whether a “spokesperson” is lying or not is when their lips are moving. You can rest assured that every sentence quoted from one of them has been carefully crafted. They are very adept at manipulating the media types with easy to print “sound bites” that have been designed to make the public feel a certain way. So you have to study the sentences given, then understand the process under which they were created and then figure out why they are written the way they are, then connect the dots.

        Regarding whether Anna melted or not – my personal feeling is it did not suffer any catastrophic meltdown, and it did not release significant radiation. I get the feeling the structural damage is worse than they anticipated, and it will not be brought back online anytime soon.

        I also think the weak link in that place is the Lake Anna Dam. If I were in homeland security, that would be on my top 10 secure structures in the entire United States.

        I usually say to watch what people do, rather than what they say. If the NRC HQ in Rockville clears out, then I’m leaving town too.

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Anyone know the status of the water level at North Anna? I read it dropped 20 inches the day of the earthquake but what is the current level?

    • tomb1

      They dropped the level to have water storing capacity for Irene.

      Nothing to worry, really.

      • alasanon

        That makes sense. They did that all over the East Coast (except where there was severe flooding). Also, they do not want to flood Lake Anna…with some degree of tritium contamination, especially. Nukes…groan.
        Virginia is a major agricultural state, etc.

  • James2

    It didn’t drop 20 inches naturally – they let 22 inches of water go to protect the lake in case the earthquake damaged the dam.

    That 22 inches equates to 8 billion gallons of water.

    I don’t know what the status of the water level is today, but if I had to guess – I would guess that it is still 22 inches or more low.

    With aftershocks still occurring, there is still a risk of losing the dam – and if they lose the dam, they lose the nuke plant, and if they lose the nuke plant, in all likelihood we lose all of eastern Virginia – including Washington DC.

    • ocifferdave

      “in all likelihood we lose all of eastern Virginia – including Washington DC.”

      Including Washington DC. That’s like saying I only got shot in one place and the rest of the body is just fine. What place did you get shot in? Oh, my head. No biggie.

    • Terranigma1 Terranigma1

      Don’t forget potential class 3 hurricane Katia, expected to move up the eastern coast.

      A tropical storm is brewing in the Gulf.

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Thanks James for the clarification. Sincerely.

  • Darth

    I guess the black smoke came from starting up the diesel generators.

    • Darth

      Lovely thought – about DC getting doused with radiation fallout. I bet the threat of the politician’s children getting radiation sickness might change a few agendas.

      • James2

        And the thought of them losing everything they own. Take a look at your insurance policy. It doesn’t cover losses from nuclear accidents.

      • Black Fan

        Ooh la…..a dark dream….

      • WindorSolarPlease

        Hi Darth

        The people in charge, all have places to go. They and their family’s will be fine.

        However, the common folks are just not invited. No limo pick up for us.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The Carline Stone Quarry is 1 mile north of North Anna..
    A bit fragile..I would say.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    oops typo ..the Carolina Stone Quarry