Study: Earthquake could exceed design, but nuke plant safe

Mar 13, 2015 3:22 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Shaking from a powerful earthquake could exceed the design of California's last operating nuclear plant, its owners have found, but the reactors are safe because components were built with more than enough strength to withstand the potential stress.

A new report by owner Pacific Gas and Electric Co. also finds no equipment at the Diablo Canyon Power Plant would be at risk from that shaking.

The conclusions are in a report released Thursday that re-evaluates seismic risks at the plant, located midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The research was required by regulators after Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi Power Plant disaster.

PG&E tells the Nuclear Regulatory Commission there is a "reasonable assurance" the plant's key equipment can continue to operate safely, even after powerful shaking from an earthquake.

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