San Onofre Can Withstand Quake: Study

Thursday, May 19, 2011  |  Updated 4:51 PM PDT
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Federal regulators say the San Onofre nuclear generating station on the Southern California coast is at extremely low risk of a meltdown in an earthquake.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says inspections this year found a few problems at the plant between Los Angeles and San Diego but concluded it is able to cope with the threats of fire and flooding.

Gil Alexander, a spokesman for plant operator Southern California Edison, says Thursday that the plant was found to have no major deficiencies and is ready to withstand a major earthquake.

Federal regulators inspected all U.S. nuclear plants after the March 11 quake and tsunami in Japan that caused radiation leaks at the Fukushima nuclear plant, forcing 80,000 people to leave their homes.

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