Plan Approved to Find Faults Near Diablo Canyon, California
PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, in background. California. Photo source: ©© Mike Baird
In a showdown that pit antinuclear activists against marine-mammal supporters, the California State Lands Commission approved PG&E’s plans to begin conducting high-energy 3-d offshore seismic tests to determine the extent to which the faults offshore from the Diablo Canyon Power Plant in Avila Beach connect.
That information, in turn, will be used to determine more precisely the seismic threat posed by a new fault line, the Shoreline Fault, discovered in 2008 about 100 meters away from the nuclear plant and whether additional safeguards are need to prevent a Fukushima-type disaster in the event of an earthquake…
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