Scripps Scientists Research Earthquake Risks Near San Onofre Power Plant

These new efforts are spearheaded by Southern California Edison and Scripps Institution of Oceanography

By Monica Garske
|  Friday, Apr 27, 2012  |  Updated 7:50 PM PDT
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New Earthquake Research Near San Onofre Nuclear Plant

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Southern California Edison and Scripps Institution of Oceanography are teaming up to study potential earthquake risks near the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Southern California Edison and Scripps Institution of Oceanography are teaming up in a new effort to learn more about the risks of an earthquake happening near the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Scripps scientists will lead the project, which entails collecting information from 2-D and 3-D seismic reflections off San Onofre State Beach.

Upon researching the faults, it should give Southern California Edison and Scripps scientists a better understanding of the types of potential seismic risks for the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

NBC 7 San Diego spoke with a representative from Edison Friday afternoon who told us they requested $64 million from the California Public Utilities Commission for these new earthquake research efforts.

So far, they’ve been granted $10 million to help kick start the project.

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