NRC claims that Diablo Canyon can withstand quake on newly found fault

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a report concluding that Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant could withstand an earthquake from the Shoreline Fault.

The report comes nearly four years after the fault was discovered running just offshore of the plant and confirms analysis released by plant owner PG&E in January 2011. The report concludes that ground motion that would be produced by a quake along the Shoreline Fault would be within the existing design limits based on a quake from the larger Hosgri Fault, which is farther offshore.

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