An earthquake with a magnitude (Mw) 5.8 occurred near Mineral, Virginia, on 23 August 2011. This earthquake is one of the largest, instrumentally recorded seismic events to occur east of the Rocky Mountains. The North Anna nuclear power station (NANPS) is located about 18 km from the epicenter. The plant and local communities were both impacted by the earthquake, and NANPS is the first U.S. commercial nuclear power plant that experienced an automatic safe shutdown from an earthquake, wherein the nuclear reaction was stopped in a controlled manner by inserting the control rods into the reactor. Immediately...

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