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The 2011 Mineral, Virginia, earthquake is one of the larger recorded seismic events occurring east of the Rocky Mountains since seismic instrumentation was first deployed. The operation of the North Anna nuclear power station (NANPS), located ~22 km northeast of the epicenter, was affected by the earthquake vibration. This moderate event caused the first incident in which a commercial U.S. nuclear power plant experienced a safe shutdown as a result of earthquake ground motion. Post-earthquake investigations confirmed that important safety-related structures, systems, and components (SSCs) at the NANPS did not have any detectable damage. Damage at the NANPS consisted of...

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