On the morning of February 7, a small earthquake hit the Lake Mohegan region in Westchester County. There were no injuries or damages reported. However, anti-nuclear organization Riverkeeper immediately jumped at the chance to once more question Indian Point’s safety.
In response to Riverkeeper’s irrational fear-mongering, here are the facts addressing the minor 2.2 magnitude earthquake and Indian Point:
- Indian Point was constructed to withstand an earthquake one hundred times greater than the largest ever recorded in the area (about 3.9 magnitude).
- Expert analysis using the latest models and technologies confirms that the facility can safely withstand the effects of the strongest earthquake that could be expected at its location in Buchanan, NY.
- Indian Point was designed and constructed with a significant safety margin, and has put in place layers upon layers of back-ups to ensure safety in the event of a strong earthquake.
- Additionally, after both September 11, 2001, and the earthquake and resulting tsunami at Fukushima, Japan in 2011, additional enhancements were made to handle unexpected events at nuclear facilities across the U.S. The NRC also established two national resource centers from which equipment can be flown to any U.S. nuclear plant within 24 hours.