Breaking news coming across the news wires now.
The US Nuclear regulatory commission has reported that an “unusual event” has occurred after a Nuclear Power plant was hit by a tornado in Virginia causing it to lose power. It was the same loss of electricity that caused the Fukushima disaster leading to the meltdown of the reactors.
Updates will be posted here as they come in.
WASHINGTON, April 18 (Reuters) – The U.S. nuclear safety regulator said on Monday it was monitoring a Virginia nuclear power plant in southeastern Virginia operated by Dominion Resources after a tornado cut its electrical power.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the plant’s diesel generators and safety systems operated as required, and that plant operators have partially restored off-site power to the plants.
Dominion Virginia Power said the two nuclear reactors at its Surry Power Station shut down automatically when a tornado touched down and cut off an electrical feed to the station. The U.S. south was hit by violent storms over the weekend.
No radiation was released during the storm and shutdown, the NRC and the company said.