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

Published: August 23rd, 2011 at 3:15 pm ET
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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 Japan’s Fukushima because the epicentre was just a few miles from an old nuclear power plant, the North Anna, in Richmond. […]

It is though to have been the strongest quake to hit the Virginia area since 1897. […]

Published: August 23rd, 2011 at 3:15 pm ET
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22 comments to 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

  • ocifferdave

    I went straight to Dutchsinse’s page on youtube after I heard about this

  • theypoisonus

    I just “heard” about it reading at RT Today,

    http://rt.com/usa/news/dc-quake-nuclear-anna-997/

    I have never heard of a quake in DC before?
    Wierd to say the least !

    But, earlier this year there was a tornado in Calif, and I had never heard of that before either.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Aftershock Virginia same place only 0.1 km deep:
    Magnitude 2.8
    Date-Time

    Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 18:46:50 UTC
    Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 02:46:50 PM at epicenter

    Location 37.931°N, 77.935°W
    Depth 0.1 km (~0.1 mile) (poorly constrained)
    Region VIRGINIA
    Distances

    9 km (5 miles) SSW (195°) from Mineral, VA
    12 km (7 miles) SSE (151°) from Louisa, VA
    28 km (18 miles) NE (45°) from Columbia, VA
    60 km (38 miles) NW (316°) from Richmond, VA
    136 km (84 miles) SW (217°) from Washington, DC

    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 2.4 km (1.5 miles); depth +/- 5.3 km (3.3 miles)

  • bmurr bmurr

    This is epic timing… I am sure the nrc has a game plant for a cat 4 hurricane following a earthquake ? I’m not worried at all, we are in competent hands. In f’n real…

  • Stephengn

    …Now look at Hurricane Irene’s track forcast

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    We have to make some “heroes”…lol….
    Who can stand it….?

  • alasanon

    We NEVER get quakes here in the VA. It was extremely weird…just like the tornadoes earlier this year…or the bad blizzard of Winter 2010.
    It does fit Global Warming predictions…

    There’s no new briefings posted on the North Anna nuclear power site. I really don’t like this. I’m glad I’m not really downwind and don’t drink the water here!

    When everyone in the community makes jokes about the glowing fish in Lake Anna, you have to wonder!!

    • Nukeholio

      Actually, nothing to do with “global warming”…it is relaterd to the movement of the magnetic poles. They are slowly switching over time,and this causes really bad weather and possibly even earthquake severity to increase.

      iceagenow.com

  • JJNYC

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

    Oh, come on. That is sensationalistic fearmongering faux-reporting at its finest. A 5.9 is hardly a “huge” earthquake, and I daresay it hardly “ripped through” anything. I work on the 39th floor of an office building in Midtown Manhattan, and half my coworkers didn’t even know it happened.

    I love this site, and all the information I get from it (and I send as many people here as I can), but let’s not get all Chicken Littley, now!

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Michael Bloomberg just gave a statement on CNN …NYC felt it alright.

    • JJNYC

      Yes, we felt it (some of us did, anyway), but it was very slight. It was more of a “wait…did you feel that? It wasn’t…wait, seriously? It was?” kind of thing.

      Exciting enough, though. Got the afternoon moving 🙂

      • Steven Steven

        Well it made the evening news here in Australia. Video of shaking with thousands of city workers moving into nearby parks, Washington monument cracked, cathedral steeples partly toppled. Cars crushed under piles of bricks and even a quick mention of multiple nuclear power plants in emergency shut down. I’d call that a fairly significant event, from under my tinfoil hat.