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San Onofre Can Handle Big Quakes: Operator



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    San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

    An operators at San Onofre nuclear plant say the facility can withstand a higher magnitude earthquake than scientists predict could ever strike the plants.

    The plant near Oceanside can handle earthquakes of magnitude up to 7 and 7.5, respectively, according to an operator.

    Americans have become increasingly concerned about domestic facilities in the wake of fears of nuclear crisis in Japan.

    Earthquakes and a tsunami have damaged at least two nuclear complexes in Japan and officials have declared states of emergency at six of the country's 55 reactors.