Nuclear plants taken offline from East Coast earthquake

Posted at 2:33 p.m.:

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's four nuclear power plants are continuing to operate but are being inspected after an earthquake hit the East Coast.

The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission says two Virginia nuclear plants were automatically taken off line after the quake.

Plants at 10 other sites in the Mid-Atlantic region were classified as having unusual events. Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokeswoman Diane Screnci says those that were operating remain online as they are inspected for damage. No damage has been reported.

Among them are Salem County's Hope Creek and Salem I and II reactors and Lacey Township's Oyster Creek, the nation's oldest operating reactor.

Posted at 2:13 p.m.:

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal officials say two nuclear reactors at the North Anna Power Station in Louisa County, Va., were automatically taken off line by safety systems around the time of the earthquake.

The Dominion-operated power plant is being run off of four emergency diesel generators, which are supplying power for critical safety equipment.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Roger Hannah says the agency was not immediately aware of any damage at nuclear power plants in the southeast. The NRC and Dominion are sending people to inspect the site.

Hanna said he know of no other shut reactor but that unusual events were reported at a dozen other plant sites.

Louisa County is about 40 miles northwest of Richmond.

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