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米ノースアナ原発、バージニア州の地震で外部電源が喪失

8月23日(ブルームバーグ):米バージニア州を震源とする地震発生を受けて、同州のノースアナ原子力発電所で外部電源が全て喪失し、非常用のディーゼル発電機が起動した。

ドミニオン・リソーシズが運営する同原発の被害は今のところ報告されていない。米原子力規制委員会(NRC)のデービッド・マッキンタイア報道官が23日、電子メールで明らかにした。ディーゼル発電機4基のうち1基は起動後に停止したという。ブルームバーグのデータによると、ノースアナは震源のバージニア州ミネラルから約11キロの地点に位置する。

地震の揺れはバージニア州リッチモンドからカナダのトロント、さらに西のオハイオ州コロンバスに至る地域で観測された。NRCのベス・ヘイデン報道官によれば、メリーランド州からメーン州に至る地区「リージョン1」の8つの原発がNRCの緊急事態の分類(4段階)で最も低い「異常事象」の発生を宣言した。

更新日時: 2011/08/24 07:43 JST

地震発生で一時騒然=米首都圏でM5.8

  【ワシントン時事】米東部地域で23日午後(日本時間24日未明)、マグニチュード(M)5.8の地震が発生した。同地域での地震は珍しいため、首都ワ シントンやニューヨークなどの中心部ではオフィスビルから人々が屋外退避するなど一時騒然となった。ただ、死者など大きな被害は伝えられていない。
米地質調査所(USGS)によると、震源地はワシントンの南西約135キロのバージニア州ミネラル付近で、震源の深さは約6キロ。同州で起きた地震としては1897年以来の規模。
地震を受け、震源地に近い同州ルイサ郡の原子力発電所2基が自動停止。放射能漏れなどの事故は起きていない。また、一部地域で停電になったほか、各地で航空や鉄道など交通網に乱れが出た。携帯電話も一時不通になった。(2011/08/24-08:02)

原発の運転、一時停止 逃げ惑う市民で交通混乱 大きな被害はなし 米地震

2011.8.24 03:25

23日、ワシントン市内で発生した地震で、建物の外に避難する市民ら(犬塚陽介撮影)

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23日、ワシントン市内で発生した地震で、建物の外に避難する市民ら(犬塚陽介撮影)

【ワシントン=柿内公輔】米内務省の地質調査所によると、米東部で23日午後1時51分(日本時間24日午前2時51分)、マグニチュード(M)5・8の地震があった。

震源は首都ワシントンから南西約130キロのバージニア州ミネラル付近で、深さは6キロ。米国のほか、カナダでも揺れが観測されたが、米メディアなどによると、大きな被害や負傷者は報告されていない。

ワシントンでは国務省などの政府施設が一時閉鎖された。ニューヨークでも多くの建物で屋外避難が指示され、逃げ惑う市民や車で交通が一時混乱した。米東部各地の空港で航空機の発着が一時停止し、バージニア州の原子力発電所は原子炉が運転を一時停止したが被害はなかった。

ホワイトハウスによると、オバマ大統領は関係閣僚と電話会議を開き、重要施設に被害情報はないとの報告を受けたという。

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M8なら新幹線も大惨事に 江戸の錦絵に残る未来への提言

2011.8.4 08:54 (1/2ページ)

安政の東海、南海地震からわずか1年後の1855年11月11日夜、今度は首都・江戸をマグニチュード(M)7級の直下型地震が直撃した。

江戸城の石垣は崩れ、多くの門や橋が破損。浅草寺五重塔の九輪が曲がり、将軍家霊廟(れいびょう)である増上寺御霊屋も被災した。

徳川家康以来、海や沼を埋め立てて町を広げたため、江戸には軟弱地盤が多かった。山の手は震度5だったが、本所、深川、神田などの下町は震度6で被害が集中した。

北原糸子立命館大教授(災害史)は「まさに地盤災害。下町の家屋は大半が倒壊、7000人以上が死傷した。多くは裏店に住む町人で、狭い逃げ道に殺到して家や人の下敷きになった」と話す。

東京メトロ四ツ谷駅に近い江戸城外堀跡では、深さ4メートル以上の地下から噴出した砂が発掘され、激しい液状化を物語る。

江戸っ子が「水道の水で産湯を使った」と自慢する130万都市の象徴・玉川上水も、地下の石樋が各所で破損。完全復旧には何年もかかった。

高橋学立命館大教授(環境考古学)は「縄文時代、海や湿地はもっと内陸まで広がっていた。そういう場所は今も地盤が弱い。固い地盤は地震で揺れず、軟弱なら激しく揺れる。両方にまたがる所は揺れ方が不均等になり、細長い構造物ほど倒れやすい」と言う。

高橋教授は新幹線の高架橋が立つ都内の地盤を検証。「M8で上野、東京、品川の東側や多摩川、神田川、日比谷、渋谷の谷筋などで倒壊する。新幹線が走行中なら大惨事になる」と警告する。

安 政の南海地震と江戸地震では発生直後から大量の瓦版や錦絵が発行され、本格的な災害報道が展開された。大阪城天守閣の宮本裕次主任学芸員は「発生を伝え る数行の速報で始まり、被災情報や挿絵をどんどん追加。たくましく生きる被災者や復興の明るいニュース、風刺画では笑いも届けた。人が災害とどう向き合 い、立ち直ったか。学ぶことは多い」と言う。

「地震の際は津波が来るから船には乗るな」「後の人も心得よ」。大阪に残る瓦版は未来に向けた提言で結ばれている。

2千年前に30メートルの大津波か 繰り返す南海、東海

2011.8.3 16:09 (1/2ページ)

「津波の堆積層が50センチもある。2000年前に何が起きたのか…」。高知県土佐市の蟹ケ池で、津波が運んだ古代の海砂や生物化石の層を調べていた岡村真高知大教授(地震地質学)が驚いた。

堆積層1センチは津波の高さ1メートル弱に相当するため、約30メートルの巨大津波が到達した可能性もあるとみられる。調査した過去約5000年分では最大だ。

南海地震は周期的に繰り返すプレート間地震。間隔は100~120年で、東海地震と同時に起きることが多い。文献で8回、遺跡に残る液状化跡などからさらに5回以上が判明している。

「東 海、南海が同時発生した江戸時代の宝永地震(1707年)でも堆積層は15センチ。東海の翌日に起きた幕末の安政南海地震(1854年)は3センチだ から尋常の規模ではない。台風と重なったり、東海、東南海、南海と日向灘の震源域が4連動した可能性を検討したい」と岡村教授。

津波は鳴門や豊予海峡を抜け、瀬戸内海沿岸に到達する。神戸市では今年1月、宝永か安政の津波堆積層が発掘された。

河田恵昭関西大教授(防災・減災学)は「これまでは安政のマグニチュード(M)8・4が前提だったが、東日本大震災と同様に深いプレートの先端が約500キロにわたって割れたり、日向灘を含む4連動が起きればM9・0級もあり得る」と考える。

M8・4なら大阪に到達する津波の高さは2・4メートルだが、M9・0なら高さ5・5メートル。「山口県上関町で計画中の上関原発には、豊予海峡を抜けた津波が真っすぐに向かうだろう」と河田教授は指摘する。

安政地震後に発行された瓦版によると、今の大阪市西部や南部が津波で浸水。大阪湾に停泊していた千石船が津波で川をさかのぼり、橋や人が乗った小舟を破壊しながらミナミの道頓堀まで運ばれた。

河田教授の試算では、M9・0級で大阪市の大半が水没。地下鉄や地下街にもすさまじい勢いで水が流れ込む。「縄文時代は海が今より内陸に入り込んでいた。水は昔を覚えている。洪水や津波で氾濫すれば、もともと海だったところはまた海に戻る」と話した。

米東海岸でM5.8の地震、首都やNYが騒然

  • 2011年08月24日 07:52 発信地:ワシントンD.C./米国
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【8月24日 AFP】米東部バージニア(Virginia)州を震源とするマグニチュード(M)5.8の地震が米東部時間23日午後1時51分(日本時間24日午前2時51分)ごろ発生し、首都ワシントンD.C.(Washington DC)中心部などが強い揺れに見舞われた。米東海岸を襲った地震としては、数十年で最大規模となった。

震源の深さはわずか6キロで、揺れは20秒から30秒続いた。地震後、ワシントンD.C.の連邦議会議事堂や国防総省、ニューヨーク(New York)の高層ビル群などからの避難が一斉に始まった。

揺れは米中西部のインディアナ(Indiana)州やミシガン(Michigan)州のほか、北はカナダ・トロント(Toronto)、南は米ジョージア(Georgia)州アトランタ(Atlanta)でも感じた。

ワシントンD.C.の消防局によると、壁にひびが入った、煙突が倒れたなどの建物の損傷の報告がいくつか寄せられた。けが人の報告もあるが、重傷者はいないもようだという。

また、この地震で震源地から13キロのところにあるバージニア州のノースアンナ(North Anna)原子力発電所が緊急停止した。

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米東海岸でM5・8 原発停止、交通も混乱

 救急車に運び込まれる女性=23日、ワシントン(ロイター=共同)

  【ニューヨーク、ワシントン共同】米地質調査所(USGS)によると、米東海岸で23日午後1時51分(日本時 間24日午前2時51分)ごろ、マグニチュード(M)5・8の地震があった。首都ワシントンでけが人が出たが、死者や重傷者の情報はない。震源はバージニ ア州リッチモンドの北西約60キロの地点で、深さは6キロ。一部の原子力発電所が運転を停止した。

また、各地の空港が一時航空機の発着を見合わせるなど、交通機関にも混乱が発生した。

AP通信によると、バージニア州で起きた地震としては史上最大となった1897年のM5・9の地震に匹敵する規模。

2011/08/24 08:00   【共同通信】

米東海岸でM5.8 首都で負傷者、庁舎閉鎖も

2011/8/24 7:56

 【ニューヨーク、ワシントン共同】米地質調査所(USGS)によると、米東海岸で23日午後1時51分(日本時間24日午前2時51分) ごろ、マグニチュード(M)5.8の地震があった。首都ワシントンでけが人が出たが、死者や重傷者の情報はない。震源はバージニア州リッチモンドの北西約 60キロの地点で、深さは6キロ。一部の原子力発電所が運転を停止した。

また、各地の空港が一時航空機の発着を見合わせるなど、交通機関にも混乱が発生した。

AP通信によると、バージニア州で起きた地震としては史上最大となった1897年のM5.9の地震に匹敵する規模。

同州に隣接しているワシントンのホワイトハウスや国務省、近郊の国防総省など多くの連邦政府の建物が閉鎖され、職員らが避難した。ホワイトハウスによると、オバマ大統領は関係閣僚との電話会議を開き、空港や核施設などの被害情報はないと報告を受けた。

ニューヨークでも揺れを感じたが、ブルームバーグ市長は大きな建物被害や負傷者の情報はないと述べた。

米メディアによると、バージニア州にある原発の原子炉2基が運転を停止、非常電源から電力の供給を受けている。地震による被害はないが、担当者が点検している。

ニューヨークなど米東部各地の空港は航空機の発着を一時停止。ニューヨークとワシントンを結ぶ鉄道も橋の安全点検のため運行を停止した。

震源に近いリッチモンドではビルの一部が壊れたが、大きな被害は出ていないもよう。ワシントンやニューヨークでは、多くの市民が電話で連絡しようとし、携帯電話がかかりにくくなった。

地震が比較的少ない米東部では、地震に慣れていない人が多く、建物も多くが日本のように耐震構造にはなっていない。

米東部で地震 首都など一時騒然

米東部で地震 首都など一時騒然

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アメリカ東部で23日、マグニチュード5.8の地震があり、けが人や大きな被害は伝えられていませんが、首都ワシントンでは建物の中にいた人たちが一斉に外に避難するなど、一時騒然としました。

ア メリカ地質調査所によりますと、23日午後2時前(日本時間の24日午前3時前)、バージニア州 の中部を震源とするマグニチュード5.8の地震がありました。これまでのところ、けが人や大きな被害は伝えられていません。アメリカ東海岸は地震が少な く、バージニア州でマグニチュードが5を超える地震が起きたのは、1897年以来だということです。震源からおよそ140キロ離れたワシントンでは、連邦 議会議事堂や国防総省といった政府庁舎で避難が行われ、歩道が人で埋め尽くされるなど、一時騒然としました。40代の男性は「こんな大きな地震は生まれて 初めてです。驚きました」と話していました。高層ビルが密集するニューヨークでも屋外に避難する人たちが多く見られ、37階にある事務所にいたという女性 は「最初はめまいがしたのかと思ったが、ビルが揺れていたのが分かった。怖かった」と話していたほか、「少しパニックになった」と話す女性もいました。こ の地震では、バージニア州にある原子力発電所が揺れを感知して自動停止したほか、ニューヨークのジョン・F・ケネディ国際空港が一時、閉鎖されるなど、各 地で影響が出ました。

米東部でM5.9の地震、多くが避難

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アメリカ東部でマグニチュード5.8の地震があり、大きな揺れを感じた首都ワシントンではビルから多くの人が避難しました。

地震が起きたのは現地時間23日午後2時前のことで、首都ワシントンでは2度、大きな揺れがあり、連邦議事堂や国務省など主要なビルからは多くの人が避難しました。

震源はバージニア州中部で、地震の規模を示すマグニチュードは5.8、揺れはニューヨークなどアメリカ東部の広い範囲に及びました。

「飛行機が建物に突っ込んだかと思いました。怖かったです」(避難した女性)

大きな被害は報告されていませんが、震源近くで原子力発電所の原子炉2基が一時、運転を停止したということです。

アメリカ東部では多くの人が地震を体験したことがない上に、今年、同時多発テロ事件から10年を迎えることから、地震の揺れをテロと疑った人も多く、人々は皆驚いた様子でした。(24日06:33)

米東海岸でM5.8の地震、大きな被害の報告なし

2011年 08月 24日 07:12 JST

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 [ワシントン 23日 ロイター] 米東海岸で23日午後、マグニチュード(M)5.8の地震が発生、首都ワシントンをはじめ、ニューヨークやボストンなど多くの都市で建物が揺れ、建物の中にいた人が避難した。カナダのトロントでも揺れを感じた。

 震源地はバージニア州ミネラル。これまでのところ、大きな被害は報告されていない。バージニア州では1897年以来の大きな地震となった。

 地震の影響で電力供給が止まったバージニア州ノース・アナの原子力発電所で、原子炉2基が運転を停止した。発電所の運営会社によると、大きな損害はないという。

 ワシントンでは、国防総省、ホワイトハウス、議会などで職員らが一時避難した。議会は休会中だった。

 ワシントン、フィラデルフィア、ニューヨークの空港では発着を一時見合わせた。

 米地質調査所は当初、Mは5.9としていたが、その後5.8に修正した。

米首都ワシントンでM5.8の地震―ノースアンナ原発で停電

  • 2011年 8月 24日  6:45 JST

【ワシントン】首都ワシントンを含む東海岸一帯で23日午後1時51分(日本時間24日午前2時51分)、マグニチュード(M)5.8の地震が発生した。

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ワシントンのオフィス街では多くの人が屋外に避難した

米地質調査所(USGS)によると、震源はバージニア州でワシントンから約140キロメートル南西。同州では1897年以来114年ぶりの規模の地震で、その後M2.8の余震があった。

この地震で同州のノースアンナ原子力発電所の原子炉2基が自動停止した。同原発は地震で停電し緊急用の電源で原子炉の冷却を継続した。

ワシントンの国務省など連邦政府の建物が閉鎖され職員が避難する事態となったが、現時点で大きな被害は報告されていない。

ノースアンナ原発について、原子力規制委員会(NRC)のデービッド・マッキンタイヤー広報官は「われわれの知りうる限りにおいては、安全だ」と語った。

NRCによると東海岸一帯にある7カ所の原発で、4段階ある原発の非常事態のレベルとしては最も軽い「非日常的事態」が宣言された。

ニューヨーク市から約80キロ北のインディアン・ポイント原発を運営するエンタジー社の広報担当者ジム・スティーツ氏は、同原発では「何の問題も起きていない」と述べた。

地震が非常に珍しい米国東部地域では、首都ワシントンのオフィス街で、ビルの外に逃げまどう人が続出、ホワイトハウスすぐ北の公園ファラガット・スクエアは避難者であふれかえった。ただ、約1時間で大半の人間は職場に戻った。

ニューヨークの高層ビル群も揺れて、市役所はじめ多くのビルで入居者が一時屋外に退避した。

米国ではこの地震に先立ち22日夜遅くにコロラド州北部でもM5.3の地震が起きたが、大きな被害は報告されなかった。

米東海岸でM5.9の地震、原子炉2基が運転停止

2011年 08月 24日 06:31 JST

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 [ワシントン 23日 ロイター] 米東海岸で23日午後、大きな地震が発生し、カナダでも揺れを感じた。多くの都市で建物が揺れ、電車や空の便に遅れが生じたほか、建物の中にいた数千人が避難した。

 これまでのところ、大きな被害や負傷などは報告されていない。

 米地質調査所によると、震源地はバージニア州ミネラルで、震源の深さは1キロ(0.6マイル)、地震の規模を示すマグニチュード(M)は5.9と推定されている。

 地震を受け、国防総省や連邦議会議事堂では職員らが一時避難した。

 米原子力規制委員会(NRC)によると、バージニア州ノース・アナ原子力発電所で、原子炉2基が運転を停止した。

 運転が止まったのはドミニオン・リソーシズ(D.N: 株価, 企業情報, レポート)の原子炉2基。外部電源が絶たれたものの、ディーゼル発電機は作動しているという。

 ドミニオンのバージニア州・サリー原発の2基は運転を続けている。

 ニューヨーク、ニュージャージー、ペンシルベニア、メリーランド各州の原発に影響はなく、地震により複数の原子炉で通常と異なる事象が確認されたが、大きな被害は報告されていないという。

アメリカ東海岸でマグニチュード5.8の地震 ホワイトハウスなどで職員が一時避難

アメリカ東海岸でマグニチュード5.8の地震 ホワイトハウスなどで職員が一時避難

アメリカ東海岸で23日午後、マグニチュード5.8の地震があり、ワシントンやニューヨークで揺れを感じた。
地震があったのは現地時間23日午後2時前で、ワシントンのホワイトハウスや国防総省などで職員が一時避難した。
アメリカ東部では地震は珍しく、ニューヨークでも建物から人々が一斉に避難したり、周辺の空港が離着陸を中止するなど一時混乱した。

(08/24 06:32

UPDATE1: 米東海岸でM5.9の地震、大きな被害や負傷の報告なし 原子炉2基が運転停止

2011年 08月 24日 05:55 JST

 [ワシントン 23日 ロイター] 米東海岸で現地時間23日午後、大きな地震が発生し、カナダでも揺れを感じた。多くの都市で建物が揺れ、電車や空の便に遅れが生じたほか、建物の中にいた数千人が避難した。

 これまでのところ、大きな被害や負傷などは報告されていない。

 米地質調査所によると、震源地はバージニア州ミネラルで、震源の深さは1キロ(0.6マイル)、地震の規模を示すマグニチュード(M)は5.9と推定されている。

 地震を受け、国防総省や連邦議会議事堂では職員らが一時避難した。

 米原子力規制委員会(NRC)によると、バージニア州ノース・アナ原子力発電所で、原子炉2基が運転を停止した。

 運転が止まったのはドミニオン・リソーシズ(D.N: 株価, 企業情報, レポート)の原子炉2基。外部電源が絶たれたものの、ディーゼル発電機は作動しているという。

 ドミニオンのバージニア州・サリー原発の2基は運転を続けている。

 ニューヨーク、ニュージャージー、ペンシルベニア、メリーランド各州の原発に影響はなく、地震により複数の原子炉で通常と異なる事象が確認されたが、大きな被害は報告されていないという。

米バージニア州でM5.9の地震、ワシントンからボストンで揺れ(2)

  8月23日(ブルームバーグ):米バージニア州で23日、リッチモンドの北西約56キロメートルを震源とするマグニチュード(M)5.9の地震が発生。同州地域で約100年ぶりの強い揺れとなった。首都ワシントンからボストンにわたる地域で建物が揺れた。

米地質調査所(USGS)がウェブサイトに掲載した情報によると、地震が発生したのは東部時間午後1時51分。揺れはオハイオ州コロンバスやカナダのトロントでも観測された。USGSのデータによると、バージニア州としては1897年以来で最も強い地震だった。

米原子力規制委員会(NRC)の広報担当官ベス・ハイデン氏は、ドミニオン・リソーシズがバージニア州ノースアナ原子力発電所の外部電源をすべて消失、ディーゼル発電機を使用して稼働させていると説明した。

リッチモンド連銀の広報担当ローラ・フォーチュナート氏によると、同行は業務を続けており、職員は避難しなかった。同氏は電子メールで「当行の職員は避難しなかった」と述べ、「当行は営業中であり、引き続き業務を継続する」と説明した。

ニューヨーク市やワシントンでは携帯電話サービスに乱れが生じ、米連邦航空局(FAA)はニューヨークのケネディ国際空港到着便の一部を停止した。米ニューヨーク・ニュージャージー港湾局の広報担当ロン・マーシコ報道官は、ケネディ空港とニュージャージー州のニューアーク国際空港の管制塔職員が避難したと述べた。

ニューヨークでは一部裁判所のほか、市庁舎やラザード・フレアも従業員や職員が避難した。マンハッタン地区検察局のバンス首席検事は、国際通貨基金(IMF)前専務理事のストロスカーン被告の問題について記者会見中だったが、地震の影響で会見を途中で切り上げた。

関連ニュースと情報

原題:Virginia 5.9 Quake Shakes BuildingsFrom D.C. to Boston (1)

記事に関するエディターへの問い合わせ先:Mark Tannenbaum at mtannen@bloomberg.net

更新日時: 2011/08/24 05:20 JST

米東部の地震でバージニア州の原子炉2基が運転停止

2011年 08月 24日 04:48 JST

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 [ヒューストン 23日 ロイター] 米東部で23日発生した地震を受け、バージニア州ノース・アナ原子力発電所の原子炉2基が運転を停止した。米原子力規制委員会(NRC)が明らかにした。

 NRCによると、運転が止まったのはドミニオン・リソーシズ(D.N: 株価, 企業情報, レポート)の原子炉2基。外部電源が絶たれたものの、ディーゼル発電機は作動しているという。

 ドミニオンのバージニア州・サリー原発の2基は運転を続けている。

 NRCによれば、ニューヨーク、ニュージャージー、ペンシルベニア、メリーランド各州の原発に影響はない。地震により複数の原子炉で通常と異なる事象が確認されたが、大きな被害は報告されていないという。

米東部でM5.9の地震 首都ワシントンなど大きな揺れ

2011/8/24 4:04

 【ワシントン=御調昌邦】米東部バージニア州を震源とする地震が米東部時間23日午後2時前(日本時間24日午前3時前)に発生し、首都 ワシントンなどでは大きな揺れを感じた。米メディアによると、地震の規模を示すマグニチュード(M)は5.9。ワシントンではオフィスビルなどで働く人々 が近くの公園に避難する事態となり、一時騒然とした雰囲気となった。

震源地はワシントンの南西約87マイル(約140キロメートル)とされる。

米東海岸でM5.9の地震 ホワイトハウスは避難

米 地質調査所(USGS)によると、バージニア州で日本時間24日午前2時51分(米東部時間23日午後1時51分)ごろ、マグニチュード(M)5.9 の地震があった。米ワシントン・ポスト紙(電子版)によると、震源は首都ワシントンから約140キロ南西で、深さは約1キロ。

ワシントンでも強い揺れを感じ、CNNテレビによると、ホワイトハウスや国防総省など連邦政府機関の建物から職員が退避した。オバマ米大統領が夏休みを過ごしていたマサチューセッツ州マーサズ・ビンヤード島やニューヨークでも揺れを感じたという。

USGSの専門家によると、この地域では最大規模の地震という。航空機の離着陸にも影響が出たほか、携帯電話が通じにくくなった。米気象局は、米東海岸に津波の恐れはないとしている。(ワシントン)

米バージニア州でM5.9の地震、ワシントンからボストンで揺れ(2)

  8月23日(ブルームバーグ):米バージニア州で23日、リッチモンドの北西約56キロメートルを震源とするマグニチュード(M)5.9の地震が発生。同州地域で約100年ぶりの強い揺れとなった。首都ワシントンからボストンにわたる地域で建物が揺れた。

米地質調査所(USGS)がウェブサイトに掲載した情報によると、地震が発生したのは東部時間午後1時51分。揺れはオハイオ州コロンバスやカナダのトロントでも観測された。USGSのデータによると、バージニア州としては1897年以来で最も強い地震だった。

米原子力規制委員会(NRC)の広報担当官ベス・ハイデン氏は、ドミニオン・リソーシズがバージニア州ノースアナ原子力発電所の外部電源をすべて消失、ディーゼル発電機を使用して稼働させていると説明した。

リッチモンド連銀の広報担当ローラ・フォーチュナート氏によると、同行は業務を続けており、職員は避難しなかった。同氏は電子メールで「当行の職員は避難しなかった」と述べ、「当行は営業中であり、引き続き業務を継続する」と説明した。

ニューヨーク市やワシントンでは携帯電話サービスに乱れが生じ、米連邦航空局(FAA)はニューヨークのケネディ国際空港到着便の一部を停止した。米ニューヨーク・ニュージャージー港湾局の広報担当ロン・マーシコ報道官は、ケネディ空港とニュージャージー州のニューアーク国際空港の管制塔職員が避難したと述べた。

ニューヨークでは一部裁判所のほか、市庁舎やラザード・フレアも従業員や職員が避難した。マンハッタン地区検察局のバンス首席検事は、国際通貨基金(IMF)前専務理事のストロスカーン被告の問題について記者会見中だったが、地震の影響で会見を途中で切り上げた。

関連ニュースと情報

原題:Virginia 5.9 Quake Shakes BuildingsFrom D.C. to Boston (1)

記事に関するエディターへの問い合わせ先:Mark Tannenbaum at mtannen@bloomberg.net

更新日時: 2011/08/24 05:20 JST

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Magnitude 5.8 – VIRGINIA

2011 August 23 17:51:04 UTC

Earthquake Details

  • This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

Magnitude 5.8
Date-Time
Location 37.936°N, 77.933°W
Depth 6 km (3.7 miles)
Region VIRGINIA
Distances
  • 8 km (5 miles) SSW (195°) from Mineral, VA
  • 11 km (7 miles) SSE (148°) from Louisa, VA
  • 29 km (18 miles) NE (45°) from Columbia, VA
  • 35 km (22 miles) E (87°) from Lake Monticello, VA
  • 61 km (38 miles) NW (317°) from Richmond, VA
  • 135 km (84 miles) SW (217°) from Washington, DC
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 2.3 km (1.4 miles); depth +/- 3.1 km (1.9 miles)
Parameters NST= 22, Nph= 23, Dmin=50 km, Rmss=0.44 sec, Gp= 79°,
M-type=centroid moment magnitude (Mw), Version=B
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Event ID se082311a

Magnitude 5.8 – VIRGINIA

2011 August 23 17:51:04 UTC


Earthquake Listed at 5.8 Rattles East Coast From Virginia to New Hampshire

PHOTO: Office workers gather on the sidewalk in downtown Washington, D.C., Aug. 23, 2011, moments after a 5.9 magnitude tremor shook the nation's capitol.

Office workers gather on the sidewalk in downtown Washington, D.C., Aug. 23, 2011, moments after a 5.9 magnitude tremor shook the nation’s capital. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)

By JESSICA HOPPER (@jesshop23)

Aug. 23, 2011

The largest East Coast quake in memory rattled nerves and buildings from Martha’s Vineyard to to North Carolina, prompted the evacuation of Congressional buildings, slowed rail and air traffic, and forced two nuclear reactors offline.

The earthquake, estimated to be a 5.8 magnitude, sent people pouring out of office buildings, hospitals, the Pentagon and the State Department when it struck at 1:51 p.m. The pillars of the capitol in Washington, D.C. shook. Alarms sounded in the FBI and Department of Justice buildings, and some flooding was reported on an upper floor of the Pentagon as a result of the quake.

Parks and sidewalks in Washington were packed with people who fled their buildings. All of the monuments along the National Mall have been closed. Police on horseback kept people a safe distance from the Washington Monument and the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

National Parks Service Spokesman Jeffrey Olson told the Associated Press that there was “absolutely no damage” to the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial or other tourist destinations along the Mall.

The National Cathedral suffered damage to at least three of the cathedral’s pinnacles, Dean of the Cathedral Samuel Lloyd said. The cathedral has been cordoned off with yellow police tape as a precaution.

Officials inspected Congressional buildings before members of Congress and their staff were allowed to return to their offices.

PHOTO: Office workers gather on the sidewalk in downtown Washington, D.C., Aug. 23, 2011, moments after a 5.9 magnitude tremor shook the nation's capitol.

J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

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The quake was felt as far north as New Hampshire and in Martha’s Vineyard where President Obama and his family are vacationing. It was felt as far south as South Carolina and as far west as Cleveland, Ohio.

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The East Coast gets earthquakes from time to time, but rarely of a magnitude to make skyscrapers sway.

Paul Segall, a Stanford geophysicist who studies the structure and development of earthquake faults, called today’s shaker “a significant earthquake for that part of the world. It could do significant damage.”

“I can’t remember an event that large on the East Coast,” he said.

No significant damage or fatalities have been reported. Some injuries have been reported in Washington D.C., the fire department spokesman told the Associated Press. In New York City, the fire department said that they received a surge in calls.

Authorities in New York and Washington said cell phone traffic was so heavy that it hampered their ability to respond to emergencies. A spokesperson for the Federal Emergency Management Agency urged people to email and use text messaging instead of their cell phones for their next few hours to ease the congestion.

The epicenter of the quake was near Mineral, Va., 39 miles from Richmond, Va., and 83 miles from the nation’s capital. The quake was .6 miles deep.

According to convertalot.com, a web site which compiles measurements and calculators for a variety of statistics, the magnitude 5.9 earthquake released energy equivalent to the explosion of 10,676 tons of TNT.

Amanda Reidelbach, office manager and spokeswoman for the Louisa County Department of Emergency Services in Mineral, Va., said that the town has felt “at least a half dozen or so” aftershocks since the initial quake struck.

“There were pretty serious aftershocks,” she said. “We walked out onto the street and felt the ground just rumbling.”

There have been reports of structural damage to some residences in town, Reidelbach says, but no reports of significant injuries. Mandatory evacuations were put in place shortly after the quake with all non-essential government and county personnel were sent home for the day. Schools were also closed.

The epicenter of the quake is very close to two Dominion Power nuclear power plants, North Anna 1 and 2.

Elizabeth Stuckle, spokesperson for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said that the reactors were “automatically and safely shut down.” The plant declared an “unusual event” which is the lowest category of four emergency classifications. Back-up generators automatically kicked in to keep the reactors cool, the NRC said.

Nine other nuclear plants on the East Coast declared an “unusual event,” but were none shut down.

The tremblor affected travel in the region.

Amtrak said it was running at reduced speed and was checking tracks and terminals for damage. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority said the Metro is moving at 15 mph as inspectors check all tracks.

Flights at Dulles International Airport in Virginia, JFK International in New York and in Philadelphia were temporarily halted. Control towers at JFK and Newark International airports were temporarily evacuated. The delay will cause slow air traffic throughout the region, the Federal Aviation Administration warned. In addition, about a dozen flights were diverted from JFK to Boston.

A woman who works at Mineral Barber Shop in Mineral, Va. said that the inside of her shop is a mess but there doesn’t appear to be any major damage outside the town square.

In Richmond, Va., a woman who works on the 18th floor of a 20 story building said she and her co-workers left the building when the shaking first began.

“At first I thought it was someone jumping on floor above me, but then it was really loud and shaky,” she said.

People in the New York Times building on 42nd street in Manhattan said they felt the entire building shift, and watched office furniture move. As the tall buildings in New York swayed, people ran out into the street.

The New York City Criminal Court in lower Manhattan was also evacuated.

In Baltimore, Maryland, artist Lisa Lewenz was working in her basement studio when she began to feel movement under her feet.

“Everything started trembling, with a big boom sound coming up from the ground. I’ve lived in LA long enough to know this drill, so rushed upstairs, and found the glassware still shuttering for about a minute. Couldn’t get through by the phone to friends, and there was no news online, so I started worrying my house was collapsing,” Lewenz said.

Rare East Coast Earthquake Reaches 5.9 Magnitude

Since there were no serious injuries, some saw the lighter side in the unexpected quake.

Michelle Mittelstadt said, “My first earthquake! What’s next: Plague of locusts?”

Another woman who works with the Federal Aviation Administration said that the, “If you have to be evacuated for an earthquake, the National Mall is a nice spilling out point!”

The earthquake felt along the eastern corridor follows an earthquake felt Monday in Colorado. That 5.3 magnitude earthquake struck near Trinidad, Colorado.

The United States’ Geological Survey said that earthquakes have been felt in the central Virginia area since 1774.

ABC News’ Jane E. Allen, Christina Caron, Troy McMullen, Jack Cloherty, Jim Sciutto, Aaron Katersky and Dennis Powell contributed to this report.

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

  • AUGUST 23, 2011, 7:33 P.M. ET

Quakes Can Reach Farther On East Coast

By TAMARA AUDI

Scientists say Tuesday’s earthquake centered in Virginia rattled most of the eastern seaboard because dense surface rock there is a powerful conductor of seismic waves.

“There are more areas on the East Coast with dense rock, which increases the speed of the seismic waves,” said Anthony Guarino, a seismic analyst with the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif. That means there is shaking over a much wider area than certain other areas of the country, he said.

“The main thing about [Tuesday’s] earthquake is that more people felt it more intensely on the East Coast than they would on the West Coast,” Mr. Guarino said.

In Los Angeles, dense rock is buried hundreds to thousands of feet below sediment. As a result, a quake near Los Angeles might shake the city but isn’t likely to be felt for hundreds of miles in the way a quake of equal magnitude would on the East Coast.

California shudders with small and moderate earthquakes every day, and even a quake that registers more than a 5.0 magnitude can easily go unnoticed by much of the population.

Tuesday’s quake was felt from central Virginia to Maine, over a distance of more than 900 miles. By comparison, in 1987 the Whittier Narrows quake, a 5.9 quake in Southern California, intense to light shaking was felt from San Diego to Bakersfield, a distance of about 230 miles.

After initial reports putting Tuesday’s temblor at a magnitude of 5.9, the U.S. Geological Survey recorded the quake at 5.8.

There is another reason Tuesday’s quake seemed to shake so much of the East Coast so dramatically.

Large quakes are rare enough in that part of the country—one about every 50 years—that many people have never felt one before.

“It’s full of people who don’t quite know what to do and how to respond,” said Mark Benthien, director of outreach for the Southern California Earthquake Center.

Buildings swayed in Washington, New York and Boston, and many buildings were evacuated.

“If they’ve never felt an earthquake in their life, [it’s] enough to make you jump under your desk,” said Mr. Guarino, the CalTech seismologist.

Except they didn’t jump under their desks. They ran out of their buildings, which most quake experts agree poses greater risk. “They did exactly the worst thing you can do,” said Mr. Guarino.

Quake experts advise people to take cover under a desk or table and stay in place during a quake. That is because building facades can be the weakest part of a building. People have been hurt by debris falling off of buildings.

West Coast residents live with constant reminders from public officials to be prepared for a major earthquake. Many longtime California residents have memories of living through major earthquakes.

Newcomers to California are greeted with pamphlets simultaneously welcoming them to the state and urging them to prepare for a disastrous earthquake.

Earthquake kits packed with flashlights, food and medicine are sold at pharmacies and home-improvement stores. Each year, geologists, schools, politicians and fire officials hold an earthquake practice run called “the California Shake Out.”

Smaller aftershocks often accompany a large quake, and scientists say there is a small—and decreasing—chance that Tuesday’s quake could actually be the foreshock to a bigger quake.

Some on the East Coast have already started to think about earthquakes. This year, Georgia and South Carolina participated in a Shake Out exercise with central states, said Mr. Benthien, who organizes the California Shake Out.

Before Tuesday’s quake, both states were already considering starting a Southeast Shake Out. “Maybe it will expand to include Virginia,” Mr. Benthien said.

The last quake to hit Virginia was in 2008 and registered a mere 1.8 magnitude. Tuesday’s quake ties for the largest quake ever recorded in Virginia: a 5.9 magnitude recorded on May 31, 1897.

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One of the most powerful earthquakes in Virginia history rippled from its epicenter in Louisa County throughout the eastern United States, but injured few people and caused little major structural damage.

The tremor measured 5.8 on the Richter scale at 1:51 p.m. today, prompting buildings to empty, cell phone service to go silent and two nuclear reactors near the center of the quake to shut down without damage.

Six students and at least one staff member at Louisa High School were injured in the quake, but only one was hospitalized.

“The very good news is that the damage and the injuries that have been reported are very, very minor,” Gov. Bob McDonnell said in a news conference this afternoon.

In downtown Richmond, three elderly residents of a high-rise apartment building were hospitalized for medical conditions and a dozen more examined at the scene after they were evacuated, but no one was injured. The 250 residents were allowed to return to their apartments last night.

A local emergency was declared in Louisa, where the quake began almost 5 miles from the town of Mineral, and where property damage was most pronounced.

“That was quite a jolt,” said Nancy Loveless, who lives in Goochland County near the Louisa line and lost power briefly.

The earthquake disrupted life this afternoon along the East Coast, causing the federal government to send workers home, members of the White House staff to huddle in a driveway, and the Washington Nationals baseball team to delay the start of a game scheduled tonight.

McDonnell was in his office in the Patrick Henry Building in Capitol Square talking with his son at the University of Virginia when he felt the building begin to shake.

“I asked my son to hang on and he said, ‘Dad, I feel it here, too.’ And that’s when I knew it was something more than just a local event or something going on with our building,” the governor said.

Maryland officials closed the Route 301 Harry W. Nice Bridge across the Potomac River for about two hours to inspect it. It was reopened at 4 p.m. The Virginia Department of Transportation was inspecting bridges throughout the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Culpeper regions.

Transportation officials found no damage in the four highway tunnels in the Hampton Roads area or two mountain tunnels on Interstate 77 in Southwest Virginia.

They said the biggest problem they face is manmade. The simultaneous closure of federal offices led to enormous road and rail congestion in Northern Virginia.

Though Richmond International Airport was able to operate normally after the earthquake, the FAA control tower was evacuated as a precaution for less than 10 minutes today, according to airport spokesman Troy Bell.

Some flights to RIC from northeastern U.S. locations were late because of earthquake-related ground delays at their departure airports, Bell said.

The quake occurred as Virginians voted in 16 legislative primaries across the state. The governor said it did not appear that any polling place was inactive for more than 30 minutes.

Locally, the quake led Virginia Commonwealth University to cancel its convocation ceremony for new students at the Landmark Theater and prompted Richmond to close City Hall for the day to ensure its safety.

No injuries or significant damages were reported in localities in the Richmond region, but the quake prompted a flurry of emergency calls in Richmond that mostly proved unfounded.

The biggest initial concern centered on Dominion Virginia Power’s North Anna nuclear plant near Mineral about 40 miles northwest of Richmond. The earthquake knocked out power at the plant, but both nuclear units were shut down without incident and no damage was apparent, Dominion said.

“We did lose on-site power, but all the diesel generators are up and running,” Dominion spokesman Richard Zuercher said 30 minutes after the quake. “Everything appears to be operating just fine.”

Zuercher said North Anna’s operators were preparing to manually shut down the units after the quake when the power station’s operating system automatically powered down both units, which supply about 10 percent of the state’s electricity.

“Their staff is obviously looking at every inch of that plant,” the governor said.

The quake was the biggest in Virginia since May 5, 1897, when a 5.9 tremor began in Giles County and was felt in 12 states.

For more on the quake and how central Virginia is recovering, see tomorrow’s Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Gov. McDonnell on quake: Emergency plans went well

By: Times-Dispatch Staff
Published: August 23, 2011

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Gov. Bob McDonnell issued the following statement today about the central Virginia earthquake: “We are currently working with federal, state and local agencies to assess the situation and determine if there has been any damage resulting from today’s 5.9 magnitude earthquake which was centered near Mineral in Louisa County. As part of this effort we are in touch with officials around the state. All indications are that emergency response plans and orderly evacuations have gone well today, and I thank all involved. In the wake of the earthquake, I would like to encourage all Virginians to check on neighbors and loved ones to ensure that everyone is safe and to continue cooperating with law enforcement and emergency responders working in your neighborhood. All resources of the Commonwealth have been put on alert to assist in any way necessary as we move forward.”

Police cordoned off the building at 1201 N. 1st St. evacuated after earthqualke.

Bricks that were shaken from a building at 27th & Broad St. in Richmond, VA, Tuesday, August 23, 2011, after an earthquake caused evacuation of many structures in the city. The center of the quake, reportedly was centered in Mineral, VA, to the northwest of R ichmond.

Members of the public and staff stand outsidt the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, VA, Tuesday, August 23, 2011, after an earthquake caused evacuation of many structures in the city. The center of the quake, reportedly was centered in Mineral, VA, to the northwest of Richmond .

Employees of the Virginia Department of Transportation at 1221 E. Broad St. in Richmond, Va, sit outside their building Tuesday, August 23, 2011, after an earthquake caused evacuation of many structures in the city. The center of the quake, reportedly was centered in Mineral, VA, to the northwest of Richmond.

Readings from the seismograph located in the Science Center of Washington and Lee University, in Lexington, Va. Lexington is about 85 miles southwest of Mineral, Va., the earthquake’s epicenter.

David Harbor, professor of geology, (right) looks at the Washington and Lee University seismogram readings with James Crawford, a Washington and Lee alumnus.

Emergency crews wait on the street outside the building at 1201 1st Street evacuated after earthquake.

Jessi McLaughlin, left, was leading a group of Mary Baldwin College students on a tour of downtown Staunton when an earthquake was felt, in Staunton, Va. on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011.

Seismograph reading at Virginia Tech, showing the Louisa County earthquake

Richmond firefighters evacuate a resident of Frederic A. Fay Towers on Richmond’s north side after an earthquake damaged the 11 story building.

Louisa County school superintendent Deborah Pettit (left), and County of Louisa Green Spring District Supervisor Richard Havasy (center), School board member Brian Huffman (right) survey the damage to Louis County High school.

School board member Brian Huffman walks the halls surveying the damage to Louisa County High school after the 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Mineral, Virginia Tuesday Aug. 23, 2011.

The Pendleton Home, originally constructed in 1812 and located in Cuckoo, Va was severely damaged by today’s earthquake. Cuckoo is close to the quake’s epicenter in Mineral, Va.

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Workers leave a building at 15 and K streets NW as a mild earthquake causes offices to evacuate. At 2.8 magnitude aftershock was reported at 2:46 p.m.

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An earthquake caused workers to depart office buildings along 15th Street NW.

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A spire crumbled on the National Cathedral as a 5.8 magnitude earthquake rumbled through Washington.

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When the earthquake hit, bricks fell off this Old Georgetown Rd. building in Vienna, VA and smashed five vehicles. Ji Seo, right, whose car is the small, maroon car, says she was in her dentists office when the quake hit.

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School board member Brian Huffman walks the halls surveying damage to Louis County High School in Mineral, Virginia.

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Mark Johnson, left, Tricia Umeh, Ashley Herndon, Shawna Thornton and Ashleigh King, employees of Enlightened, try to get cellphone signals after they left their building in the 1100 block of 15th Street NW.

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People on the 1500 block of L Street NW talk to each other after the earthquake.

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People cross K Street NW after the mild earthquake.

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People in Georgetown react to the earthquake.

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Employees at Intelsat evacuated their building after the early afternoon earthquake rocked the Washington area.

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Faculty, students and employees of the University of the District of Columbia adjourn for the day.

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Tourists and workers from nearby office buildings crowd Freedom Plaza in the District.

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UPDATE 3-Quake raises safety concerns as US nuclear plant shut

Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:28pm EDT

* Two reactors at Virginia plant shut after quake

* Event a “wake-up call” for US nuclear industry-Scientist

* Idled plant designed to withstand 6.2 magnitude quake

* Plants reacted as planned to quake-industry officials

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By Eileen O’Grady and Joshua Schneyer

HOUSTON/NEW YORK, Aug 23 (Reuters) – The largest earthquake to hit the East Coast of the United States in 67 years raised concerns on Tuesday about the safety of the country’s nuclear power plants.

The 5.8 magnitude quake’s epicenter was just a few miles from the two-reactor North Anna nuclear power plant operated by Dominion Resources (D.N) in Mineral, Virginia, 80 miles southwest of Washington.

The plant lost power and automatically halted operations after the quake. While a Dominion spokesman reported no “major” damage to the facility, three diesel generators were required to kick in and keep the reactors’ radioactive cores cool. A fourth diesel unit failed.

While nuclear power plants can operate safely on back-up power, failure of generators was a key reason for the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant after a 9.0 magnitude quake and tsunami in March.

“Nuclear power plants lose a significant margin of safety when they’re forced to rely on these emergency back-up systems,” said Paul Gunter, director of reactor oversight at Beyond Nuclear, an anti-nuclear lobby group.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said North Anna’s shutdown was safe and posed no risk to the public. It wasn’t clear when off-site power could be restored or when the 1806-megawatt plant, which remained on alert, could restart.

Dominion spokesman Jim Norvelle said the plant was designed to withstand an earthquake of up to 6.2 in magnitude.

But some experts expressed concern about the narrow margin between the design metrics and the quake’s size.

“It was uncomfortably close to design basis,” said Edwin Lyman of the Union of Concerned Scientists, which has pushed for stronger nuclear regulations.

“If Fukushima wasn’t a wake-up call, this really needs to be to get the NRC and industry moving to do seismic reviews of all the nuclear power plants in the country.”

Tuesday’s quake, which was felt along the East Coast as far north as Canada, was the region’s largest since a 5.9 quake hit New York State in 1944.

North Anna’s reactors are among 27 east of the Rockies that the NRC highlighted during a seismic review last year as presenting a potential hazard, due to the amount of ground-shaking they were designed to withstand.

Twelve other nuclear plants along the Eastern Seaboard declared an “unusual event” following the quake, the lowest of the NRC’s emergency classification ratings. North Anna’s “alert” status is one step further up on a four-step U.S. emergency scale.

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Many nuclear experts say plants in the United States were designed with big margins of error built in, but last year’s NRC survey found that the risks posed by earthquakes were higher than previously thought.

And Victor Gilinsky, who was an NRC commissioner at the time of the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster in Pennsylvania in 1979, said that he was concerned that safety at plants like North Anna were not being reviewed as understanding of earthquakes increases.

“It is important to review the seismic design of the plant in terms of current knowledge,” he said “Instead, the NRC has been relicensing plants without any real safety review – they do not question any of the original licensing conditions, they only check to see whether the plant has a program to deal with old equipment. It’s an irresponsible approach.”

Still, Ronald Ballinger, an engineering professor at the Massachusett Institute of Technology, said quakes like Tuesday’s posed little danger to U.S. nuclear plants.

“The size of the vibrations from this East Coast earthquake are probably less than you would feel in a loud nightclub,” Ballinger said.

Based on its 5.8 magnitude rating, the quake was almost 10,000 times weaker than Japan’s quake in March and posed no tsunami risk, Ballinger said.

U.S. nuclear plants responded to Tuesday’s quake as they were designed to, said Tony Pietrangelo, chief nuclear officer at the Nuclear Energy Institute trade industry group.

No other East Coast plant had operations disrupted. Entergy’s (ETR.N) Indian Point nuclear plant located north of New York City was operating normally, as was Dominion’s two-unit Surry plant in Gravel, Virginia.

The last time a quake of similar magnitude hit Virginia was in 1897, the U.S. Geological Survey said. A 7.3 magnitude quake, the largest recorded in East Coast history, hit South Carolina in 1886.

Dominion is one of 11 U.S. power companies who have expressed interest in building new advanced nuclear reactors. It has proposed adding a new reactor to the North Anna plant.

(David Sheppard, Jeanine Prezioso, Roberta Rampton, Eileen Moustakis and Janet McGurty contributed reporting; Editing by David Gregorio, Martin Howell)

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East Coast Quake: Nuclear Reactors Taken Offline

PHOTO: The North Anna, Virgina, #1 and #2 nuclear power generation stations

The North Anna, Virgina, #1 and #2 nuclear power generation stations operated by Dominion Virginia Power are seen March 24, 2011, at Lake Anna, Virginia, in this aerial photo. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

By JIM SCIUTTO (@jimsciuttoABC) , JACK CLOHERTY and LEE FERRAN

Aug. 23, 2011

Two nuclear reactors were automatically taken offline when a significant earthquake rocked the eastern seaboard today, a Nuclear Regulatory Commission official said.

The pair of reactors at the North Anna Power Station are located in Louisa County, Virginia, approximately five miles from the epicenter of the 5.8 magnitude quake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, but did not appear to suffer significant damage. The quake shook buildings in Washington, D.C., 100 miles to the north, and was felt as far away as Canada.

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Just after 4 p.m. local time Dominion Power, which operates the plant, tweeted, “No release of radioactive material has occurred beyond those associated with normal station operations.” Dominion officials said the plant was built to withstand an earthquake of 6.2 magnitude.

In a statement, the NRC said the North Anna plant had declared an “Alert,” the second-lowest of the NRC’s four emergency classifications. Several other nuclear stations on the eastern seaboard declared “Unusual Events,” the lowest classification.

In April, the NRC identified potential risks at the North Anna Power Station, noting that earthquake “vulnerabilities” were found there, according to a report by the Center for Public Integrity.

“Potential leakage can occur through penetrations following seismic event,” the CPI said, citing the NRC report.

The plant’s generators kicked in after a momentary loss of power and the plant currently has power, NRC spokesperson Elizabeth Stuckle said.

Teams are currently onsite to further assess any potential damage, said another NRC official, Joey Ledford.

Nine other plants along the East Coast also declared an unusual event but none were shut down, Stuckle said.

Seismographs had been installed around the North Anna Power Station to detect earthquakes, but those were taken offline in the 1990s due to budget cuts, according to the state of Virginia website.

ABC News’ Jen Wlach contributed to this report.

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Time may be right to consider quake insurance

No state is immune from potential damage

By DAVID PITT

Earthquakes and California go together. Or at least that’s what most of the country thought until Tuesday’s East Coast earthquake centered in Virginia.

Reports of the earth moving were widespread, coming from New York, Massachusetts, Vermont and Georgia. A few came from as far away as Chicago.

Although no immediate news of significant damage emerged, such a widespread impact raises questions about preparedness and insurance coverage.

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Christopher Hartman works on the roof installing a tarp after an earthquake tore down parts of the chimney on his dad’s office in Mineral, Va., Tuesday.

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That’s particularly because earthquake damage is not covered under standard homeowners or business insurance policies.

These policies typically exclude damage from earth movement such as earthquakes and sinkholes, said Chris Hackett, director of personal lines policies for Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, a trade group. However, it is common for property insurance to cover a fire that might be the result of an earthquake. It’s a good idea to read your policy and know the exclusions.

If you think that you’ll never experience an earthquake, consider that about 5,000 earthquakes a year occur in the United States, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Quakes of various magnitudes have occurred in 39 states since 1900 and damage has been recorded in all 50 states. So although you might not be in a prime earthquake area, you’re not immune.

Coverage for earthquake damages can be purchased as a rider to existing property insurance. Check to see if your insurer offers an earthquake damage rider. If not, you can shop around for a supplemental policy.

Although it’s widely available, most property owners do not buy coverage.

Even in earthquake-prone California, just 12 percent of homeowners have policies, Hackett said. The national average is even lower.

The cost of earthquake insurance varies depending on your location, the type of building and its age. Older buildings cost more to insure as do those made of brick. Wood frame structures withstand quakes better, therefore cost less to insure.

A wood-frame home in Washington state might cost between $1 and $3 per $1,000 worth of coverage. While insurance may cost less than 50 cents per $1,000 on the East Coast, according to the III.

Insuring a brick home could cost from $3 to $15 per $1,000 in the Pacific Northwest and between 60 and 90 cents per $1,000 for coverage in New York.

Like other insurance policies, earthquake coverage carries a deductible. That means the homeowner must pay for portion of the damages before the insurance policy covers the rest.

Deductibles range from 2 percent to 20 percent of the replacement value of the structure. If a home costs $100,000 to rebuild, the homeowner would have to pay the first $2,000 for a 2 percent deductible.

States like Washington, Nevada and Utah, with higher-than-average earthquake risks, often have a 10 percent deductible. Property owners can often lower the annual premium by agreeing to a higher deductible.

Those who own a unit in a condominium can ask their insurer for earthquake coverage that would pay for losses if the building is damaged and the owners are asked to share in the cost of repair.

Renters also have options. They can buy coverage that will protect their personal property and pay for living expenses if their building were to be rendered uninhabitable.

Because earthquake damages can be so complete, it’s important to keep an inventory of your belongings, especially of major appliances and furnishings. Many homeowners choose to make a video record of the rooms of their home, showing their furniture, televisions and appliances.

There is a bright spot that most drivers may not be aware of. Cars with comprehensive insurance policies are covered for damage from an earthquake.

It may seem like remote possibility, but be sure to review your coverage. Keep in mind that the most costly single earthquake in the U.S. was not in California, but centered in the Midwest near New Madrid, Mo. The 1812 quake measured 7.7 in magnitude and caused $100 billion in damage when measured in terms of current economic and demographic conditions.

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Workers evacuate a courthouse in Manhattan after an earthquake shakes New York and other East Coast states.

Baltimore

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Evacuated office workers in Baltimore, with a Baltimore Gas & Electric employee in the foreground, wait for word.

Washington, D.C.

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Evacuated workers on a downtown sidewalk in the nation’s capital.

Philadelphia

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A maintenance worker looks for cracked windows in a building on Market Street in Philadelphia.

Communicating

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People turn to their cellphones outside a Baltimore office building.

Court adjourned

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Workers leave a state courthouse building in New York.

Relief

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Susan Sproul, left, and Susan Davidson hug after evacuating from their building in Baltimore,

On foot

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Pedestrians crowd a downtown Washington intersection after office buildings were evacuated.

Recess called

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Court officers stand outside an evacuated New York state courthouse building in Lower Manhattan.

Checking in

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Peggy Shanks, left, calls her granddaughter while sitting with co-worker Terri DeLibro outside an evacuated Baltimore office building.

Quake mapping

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A map as displayed on the U.S. Geological Survey’s website after the quake. The red square, indicating earthquake activity in the preceding hour, shows the earthquake’s epicenter in Virginia. The blue symbol indicates a quake activity in the preceding 24 hours.
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Washington National Cathedral Damaged by Quake

By TOM BARKLEY

The central tower on the Washington National Cathedral—the highest point in Washington, D.C.—suffered serious damage from the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that shook the East Coast Tuesday. No one was injured.

ReutersSpires atop the Washington National Cathedral show damage following the earthquake.

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The earthquake knocked off the cross-shaped finial stones on three of the four pinnacles that jut out from the top of the tower. The top of one pinnacle is leaning inward. Yellow police tape was roped across trees in front of the Cathedral and a steady trickle of gawkers stared up at the damaged 300-foot tower.

“At first I thought it felt something like a big wind,” Samuel Lloyd, dean of the cathedral, said in an interview. “Then I realized that nothing was blowing, but there was a rattling and a shaking everywhere.”

Mr. Lloyd, who was in the administrative offices when the tremor struck, said everyone was evacuated within a few minutes, including a large contingent of tourists visiting the cathedral.

Getty ImagesPolice tape blocks access after the Washington National Cathedral on suffered minor damage to several spires.

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The inside of the cathedral—a national monument that has been the site of major events such as the state funerals for presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford—doesn’t appear to have suffered any serious damage.

However, there was some minor structural damage around the entire cathedral. Some smaller pinnacles fell off the west front towers. Cracks also appeared in the flying buttresses on the east end, but the buttresses supporting the central tower seem to be sound, said Cathedral spokesman Richard Weinberg.

A structural engineer had arrived on the site by late afternoon, and Mr. Lloyd said he expected an initial damage assessment on Wednesday.

“We hope we’ll learn that this is mostly to decorative pieces, the risk factors are relatively low and we can be open,” he said. But the cathedral won’t reopen until its safety is assured, he added.

Write to Tom Barkley at tom.barkley@dowjones.com

August 23, 2011

East Coast Earthquake Takes Down National Cathedral

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East Coast Earthquake damages National Cathedral in Washington DC

Heard about the east coast earthquake yet?  Aftershocks were felt in Washington DC and throughout the eastern coast of the United States today, after the earthquake that originated in Mineral Virginia at around 1:54 pm.

The Huffington Post reported about the tremor in Virginia to be a 5.9 on the seismic scale.  Claiming that the east coast earthquake had aftershocks that rattled buildings all the way up to NYC and Connecticut.

Earlier I wrote about my east coast earthquake experience in Rocky Point, Long Island.  The three story building I was in began to shake and sway, for those of you that have been boating I can compare it to that.  Two people commented on the article saying that aftershocks were felt as far north as Toronto.

Aftershocks traveled throughout the east coast causing buildings to evacuate employees, flight cancellations and trains to shutdown.  While the earthquake originated in Virginia, aftershocks hit Washington DC to the point that the National Cathedral sustained damage.  According to the Washington Business Journal all national monuments have been close by the US Park Service and three pinnacles on the central tower of the National Cathedral broke off after the east coast earthquake shook Washington DC.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority released two updates, the latest was issued at 3:25 pm EST stating:

Rail

  • All Metrorail trains will continue to operate at 15 mph until further notice as Metro personnel perform track inspections of the entire rail system.
  • Customers should expect significant delays on Metrorail until further notice due to the reduced operating speed.
  • The speed restriction is likely to remain in place for several hours and will likely affect the evening commute.
  • At Union Station, the Massachusetts Avenue entrance has been closed. Customers should usea the First Street entrance instead.

Bus

  • All Metrobus routes are operating with delays due to traffic signal outages and evacuating traffic

Additional information will follow.

Cell phone service was disrupted, along with slow internet service as the web flooded with the shocking news of an earthquake on the eastern coast of the United States.

Fox News released a report regarding the transportation after the east coast earthquake hit.  John F. Kennedy Airport on Long Island resumed flights after originally evacuating its towers earlier today.

The east coast earthquake was certainly a surprise but 2011 has certainly seen the wrath of mother nature in an entirely new light.

East Coast Quake Closes Down Airports, National Parks & Causes Water Damage To The Pentagon

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This is insane!!! We just hope this is the worst of it. Fingers-crossed for no aftershocks!

We’ve got a few more details to share about the earthquake that just shook most of the East Coast. Washington D.C. and Virginia, where it originated, got the worst of it and at present, all national monuments and parks have been evacuated and closed, though officials say that they are “stable”

The most damage reported was to the center tower of the National Cathedral, the highest point of the city. Three pinnacles have broken off, but there have been no reports of injury. The Pentagon also suffered some damage with a “considerable amount” of water flooding two corridors after a pipe burst.

As for cities farther north, several Manhattan skyscrapers have been evacuated and cell phone service has been disrupted all over New York City. Most of the major airports have canceled their flights for today and closed down completely.

This must’ve been so terrifying for them! Please everyone stay safe!

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Newsmaker: Flamboyant Gaddafi no stranger to bloodshed

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Libya’s leader Muammar Gaddafi attends a celebration of the 40th anniversary of his coming to power at the Green Square in Tripoli September 1, 2009. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

LONDON — Muammar Gaddafi’s penchant for extravagant uniforms, gold regalia and Bedouin tents provided a theatrical backdrop for four decades of harsh repression at home and a foreign policy that made him a bete noire of the West.

On Tuesday night, those props were smashed, pilfered and paraded in mockery when rebels stormed his fortified compound. One man wore the familiar braided hat he said he found in his house. The tent where he received foreign dignitaries was set ablaze. The decapitated golden head of his statue was trampled.

Gaddafi, who has been fighting a rebellion for six months, was nowhere to be seen.

In tandem with his eccentricity, Gaddafi had a charisma which won him support among many ordinary Libyans. His readiness to take on Western powers and Israel, both with rhetoric and action, earned him a certain cachet with some in other Arab states who felt their own leaders were too supine.

While leaders of neighboring Arab states folded quickly in the face of popular uprisings, Gaddafi had put up a bloody six-month fight, taking on NATO as well as local insurgents who quickly seized half the country.

For most of his 42-year rule, he held a prominent position in the West’s gallery of international rogues, while maintaining tight control at home by eliminating dissidents and refusing to anoint a successor.

Gaddafi effected a successful rapprochement with the West by renouncing his weapons of mass destruction program in return for an end to sanctions. But he could not avoid the tide of popular revolution sweeping through the Arab world.

The Libyan leader, his son and his spy chief are wanted for crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court in The Hague for planning the violent suppression of the uprising.

As his oil-producing North African desert country descended into civil war, Gaddafi’s military responded with the deadly force that he had never been afraid to use, despite the showman image that captivated many.

When the insurgency began in mid-February, protesters were gunned down in their hundreds. As his troops advanced on Benghazi he famously warned rebels there would be “no mercy, no pity.” They would be hunted down “alley by alley, house by house, room by room.”

Those words may have been his undoing. Days later the United Nations passed a resolution clearing the way for a NATO air campaign that knocked out his air force, tanks and heavy guns.

“MAD DOG”

Raids also targeted his own headquarters in Tripoli. One raid killed his youngest son and three grandchildren. It was not the first time that the West had killed a Gaddafi family member.

President Ronald Reagan called Gaddafi a “mad dog” and sent warplanes to bomb his Bab al-Aziziyah compound in 1986, after the bombing of a West Berlin discotheque he blamed on Libyan agents. One of the 60 people killed was Gaddafi’s adopted daughter.

Gaddafi used the Tripoli building bombed in the raid, left unrepaired for 25 years, to deliver one of his first defiant speeches of the war, standing beside a memorial in the shape of a giant metal fist crushing an American warplane.

On Tuesday night, some men climbed atop the fist amid celebratory gunshots and hacked at it.

In televised addresses in response to the rebellion in the east, Gaddafi blamed the unrest on rats and mercenaries and said they were brainwashed by Osama bin Laden and under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs used to spike their coffee.

There was repeated speculation that Gaddafi has either been killed or wounded in NATO air raids, but he made carefully choreographed television appearances in response to the rumors.

In May, Gaddafi taunted NATO, saying its bombers could not find him.

“I am telling the coward crusaders that I am at a place you cannot reach and kill me,” he said in a broadcast audio recording. His later speeches were also delivered as audio recordings, presumably to conceal his whereabouts.

“I WILL DIE HERE”

“I am not going to leave this land, I will die here as a martyr … I shall remain here defiant,” he said in one broadcast.

One of the world’s longest serving national leaders, Gaddafi had no official government function and was known as the “Brother Leader and Guide of the Revolution.”

His love of grand gestures was on display on foreign visits when he slept in a Bedouin tent guarded by dozens of female bodyguards.

In Italy last year, Gaddafi’s invitation to hundreds of young women to convert to Islam overshadowed the visit, which was intended to cement growing ties between Tripoli and Rome.

U.S. diplomatic cables released by the WikiLeaks website shed further light on the Libyan leader’s tastes.

One cable posted by The New York Times describes Gaddafi’s insistence on staying on the ground floor when he visited New York for a 2009 meeting at the United Nations and his reported refusal or inability to climb more than 35 steps.

Gaddafi was also said to rely heavily on his staff of four Ukrainian nurses, including one woman described as a “voluptuous blonde.” The cable speculated about a romantic relationship, but the nurse, Galyna Kolonytska, 38, fled Libya after the fighting started.

Gaddafi was born in 1942, the son of a Bedouin herdsman, in a tent near Sirte on the Mediterranean coast. He abandoned a geography course at university for a military career that included a short spell at a British army signals school.

Colonel Gaddafi took power in a bloodless military coup in 1969 when he toppled King Idriss, and in the 1970s he formulated his “Third Universal Theory,” a middle road between communism and capitalism, as laid out in his “Green Book.”

OIL WELLS AND DESERT

Gaddafi oversaw the rapid development of Libya, which was previously known for little more than oil wells and deserts where huge tank battles took place in World War Two. The economy is now paying the price of war and sanctions.

One of his first tasks on taking power was to build up the armed forces, but he also spent billions of dollars of oil income on improving living standards, making him popular with the low-paid.

Gaddafi poured money into giant projects such as a steel plant in the town of Misrata — the scene of bitter fighting — and the Great Man-Made River, a scheme to pipe water from desert wells to coastal communities.

Gaddafi embraced the pan-Arabism of the late Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser and tried without success to merge Libya, Egypt and Syria into a federation. A similar attempt to join Libya and Tunisia ended in acrimony.

In 1977 he changed the country’s name to the Great Socialist Popular Libyan Arab Jamahiriyah (State of the Masses) and allowed people to air their views at people’s congresses.

However, for much of his rule he has been shunned by the West, which accused him of links to terrorism and revolutionary movements.

He was particularly reviled after the 1988 Pan Am airliner bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, by Libyan agents in which 270 people were killed.

U.N. sanctions imposed in 1992 to pressure Tripoli to hand over two Libyan suspects, crippled the economy, dampened Gaddafi’s revolutionary spirit and took the sting out of his anti-capitalist, anti-Western rhetoric.

Gaddafi abandoned his program of prohibited weapons in 2003 to return Libya to international mainstream politics.

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