Bloomberg.com reports on U.S. nuclear plants face testing of their ability to withstand natural disasters.
The market news is quoted as saying;
The temblor yesterday knocked out power to Dominion Resources Inc.’s North Anna nuclear plant in Virginia and prompted 12 stations from North Carolina to Michigan to declare“unusual events,” the lowest-level emergency designated by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Off-site power was later restored to North Anna, eliminating the need for back-up generators for cooling, the company said late yesterday. The plant’s twin reactors halted automatically during the quake, whose epicenter was less than 15 miles (24 kilometers) from the plant, about 85 miles southwest of Washington, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.