The recent earthquake in the United States damaged nuclear waste storage

The operator of nuclear power plants in Virginia, said that as a result of what happened on August 23 earthquake barrels of radioactive waste moved to 4.5 inches (11.43 centimeters).

According to the Richmond Times-Gazette, the incident occurred at the nuclear power station "North Anna" in Virginia — 25 barrels, each 4.8 meters high and weighing 115 tons, were removed from their original positions.

The operator of nuclear power plants in Virginia — Dominion Resources Inc's — says no cause for concern.

Press Secretary of Energy Rick Zuercher said that the barrels were removed due to vibration. According to him, they remained upright and fully intact. Comments of the authorities regarding this incident have not yet been received.

NPP "North Anna" is located 12 miles (about 20 kilometers) from the epicenter of the earthquake that occurred in the United States on August 23. Immediately after the earthquake station stopped to check for damage.

Earlier, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has checked the readiness of the country's 104 nuclear reactors to natural disasters: earthquakes, floods, etc. The reason for the test was the disaster in Japan, which resulted in an accident at the plant "Fukushima" and, as a consequence, the radiation leak. United States are currently the leader in terms of nuclear power plants. Recent decades in America tense debate about the safe storage of spent nuclear fuel. In early May, it was reported that Europe and the United States wants to build a repository for nuclear waste in Mongolia, which has expressed interest in sharing nuclear technology.

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