Ga. Power says earthquake didn’t damage Vogtle reactors

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An earthquake that occurred within 50 miles of the nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro did not damage the power plants or cause a slowdown in the construction of two new generating units, according to Georgia Power officials.

“There was no ground motion from the earthquake detected at Plant Vogtle units 1 and 2 or the Vogtle 3 and 4 construction site,” utility spokesman Brian Green said.

“Vogtle units 1 and 2 continued to safely operate at 100 percent power and work continued on the night shift for the Vogtle 3 and 4 construction site with no interruption,” Green said.

The earthquake, which had a magnitude of 4.1, occurred at 10:23 p.m. Friday with its epicenter in Edgefield, S.C., a little less than 50 miles from Plant Vogtle.

Persons as far away as Atlanta reported feeling vibrations from the earthquake, but Georgia Power officials said an inspection of the nuclear units at Plant Vogtle determined that no damage had been caused there.

“Employees at each site performed a walk-down and no issues were found,” Green said. “Both the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) on-site inspector for Vogtle 1 and 2 and the senior NRC resident for the Vogtle 3 and 4 construction project were notified.”

Georgia Power is currently managing the construction of two nuclear reactors at Vogtle, a project with a total estimated cost of about $14.5 billion. The nuclear plants are scheduled to begin generating electricity in 2017 or 2018.

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