RICHMOND, Va. — Federal officials said 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 Tuesday's 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 said 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.
Hannah said he knows 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.