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

Published: August 23rd, 2011 at 6:25 pm ET


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 Energy Commission. Scientists have said the fault is dead but Professor Day [a University of Virginia physics professor] isn’t convinced. […]

Published: August 23rd, 2011 at 6:25 pm ET


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

  • Nukeholio

    Uh…now the architects finally tell us…

  • Wreedman

    Shut it down for ever would be the best thing to do of course.. Wonder what the ‘experts’ going to say.. Don’t worry it’s safe?

  • ALDIAli

    really scary, i got to admit… one plant out of control was bad… but we got away with it. now a couple of months ago we got the second one going towards orbit and it still is anything but under controll…

    please let us not have a third desaster..
    and please, if there is some sort of justice out there, make those who benefit from nuclear most die last… and slowest… and most painfull… amen.

  • StillJill StillJill

    Amen ALDIALi! Oh, and God, one more thing,…before they do die,…could you make them SEE us getting our good rewards first? Thanks!

  • Darth

    I like what Daniel Hirsch, UCSC Nuclear Policy Lecturer and former Director of the Adlai Stevenson Program on Nuclear Policy, said in this video –

    It went something like,

    If you want to know where a fault is located all you have to do is build a nuclear power plant.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    IGNORE THE NAYSAYERS – they’ll end up getting us all killed.

  • americancommntr

    What are the odds of this earthquake having hit within 13 miles of a nuclear power facility? And if memory of news bits serves, the strongest one in 67 years, only 3.5 miles deep?

    It at least begins to smack of geophysical warfare.

  • Darth

    It at least begins to smack of geophysical warfare.

    The ususal suspects or did you have some specific warfare mechanism in mind. Please spare us if you are a HAARPie…

  • jackassrig

    What dazzles me is the earthquake was 5.9 and the plant was designed to 5.9. Where’s that old design base. I bet we would see a different story.

  • bmurr bmurr

    I was just watching fox news. They showed a feed of North Anna power station. There was steam or smoke venting between they reactor building and what I think was the turbine building. Does anyone know much about the design and what the steam or smoke is being created by? Perhaps the exhaust from the generators?

    • Could it possibly be the diesel engine smoke exhausts ?

      • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

        I worked in diesel power plants. Normally, the exhaust is clear. This is a matter of pride to diesel plant folks. A bad injector will make it black. Burning oil will make it white. Steam is also white, so it is important to know what color the smoke is at North Anne (Fuku #2). Anyone know?

    • Jebus Jebus

      They said officially that they are venting steam and that there are no nuclear releases…

      Anybody near there with a geiger counter?

  • HaddieB

    Breaking News: President Obama has just confirmed that the DC earthquake occurred on a rare and obscure fault-line, apparently known as “Bush’s Fault” ~ quoted from driffterr ~

  • westcoastgirl westcoastgirl

    FYI…just felt an earthquake here in the bay area. It was in the east bay, but because I live in a very large house on a hill, I tend to feel earthquakes that are fairly far away.

    Anyway, it was a 3.6 in San Leandro; not too big, but bigger than usual…

    Hope to get some sleep now…

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      westcoastgirl, I feel worried for you all here on this list who live in the US.
      I hope ypu’ll all be safe and people will finally wake up.

      Have a good rest and take care. 😉