23 Aug '11, 7pm

Today's #Earthquake was 5.9. Nuclear plants in area only built to withstand 5-9 to 6.1. Little close for comfort?

An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale shook much of the continental United States' east coast today. Thankfully news reports indicate that there was no severe damage, but the event raised some questions about the safety of nuclear facilities in the affected area. First things first, Did you Feel It? If so, head on over to this site and help contribute to some citizen science. The Washington Post is reporting that two nuclear reactors have been taken offline as a precaution, however no damage has been reported. The reactors were built to withstand a 5.9 - 6.1 quakes, so if the quake had been stronger, the damage may have been more severe. For more on the proximity of nuclear reactors in high-seismic zones in the United States, be sure to see our map . NBC29.com reported back in March that the Lake Anna Reactor Ranked 7th most At-Risk for Earthquake Damage Also ba...

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