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“U.S. Nuclear Plants in SC, MO Face The Highest Quake Risks: Report”

“WASHINGTON – The U.S. nuclear power reactors facing the highest risks of a meltdown from earthquakes are not in tremor-prone California, but states including South Carolina and Missouri, an analysis of government data published on Thursday said.

The chances of an earthquake leading to meltdowns are small, but the results would be grave. A tsunami generated by a 2011 earthquake led to the meltdowns of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan, causing radiation releases and mass evacuations.

The U.S. reactor facing the highest risk is Duke Energy Corp's H.B. Robinson near Hartsville, South Carolina, according to the analysis here by the Union of Concerned Scientists.”

Timothy Gardner reports for Reuters October 22, 2020.