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News Release Issued: August 24, 2011 12:46 PM EDT - Virginia Earthquake

News Release Issued: August 24, 2011 12:46 PM EDT

Alert Ends at North Anna Power Station

RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Dominion ended the Alert at its North Anna Power Station near Mineral, Va., at 11:16 a.m. today after starting a reactor cooling pump for each of the two units. The reactors were cooled by natural circulation and emergency pumps while the reactor coolant pumps were not operating.

The station remains in a Notification of Unusual Event (NOUE), the least serious of four Nuclear Regulatory Commission emergency classifications, while the reactor cool-down and inspections of plant equipment and systems continues.

The station’s two nuclear reactors shut down following an earthquake near the station that occurred at 1:51 p.m. EDT Tuesday. The reactors shut down automatically and no damage has been reported to systems required to maintain the station in a safe condition. Several aftershocks felt in the region did not affect the station.

Dominion (NYSE: D), headquartered in Richmond, Va., is one of the nation’s largest producers of energy. For more information about Dominion, visit the company’s Web site at www.dom.com.

News Media Advisory:
The Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Emergency Management and Dominion Generation have established a Joint Information Center in the auditorium of the Innsbrook Technical Center. This center is located at 5000 Dominion Blvd. in Glen Allen, Va. Official statements regarding the emergency will be issued at the Joint Information Center. The company will continue to report details about developments at the plant as soon as they are available.
SOURCE Dominion

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Summary: United States Geological Survey reports 5.8 magnitude earthquake impacted Virginia at 1351. Epicenter was located approximately 4 miles south-southeast of Louisa, VA; 4 miles southwest of Mineral, VA; 41 miles northwest of Richmond, VA; and 83 miles southwest of Washington, DC. Depth of earthquake is report at approximately .6 mile.

FEMA has approved federal disaster assistance for individuals, renters and business owners in Louisa County who experienced damage as a result of a 5.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Virginia on Aug. 23 and caused more than 40 aftershocks. The governor appealed FEMA’s initial decision to deny federal disaster aid to Louisa County.

Since the original request was made Sept. 20, officials have found more extensive damage than what was originally reported in more than 1,400 homes. Some damage that was first categorized as minor has become worse as a result of more than 40 aftershocks. The appeal included a letter from Virginia’s entire congressional delegation supporting the request.

Individuals and families in need of earthquake recovery aid can register immediately by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) Monday –Friday from 6 a.m. – midnight Central time, 7 a.m. – 1 a.m. Eastern time, and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Eastern time. People also can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov . Those with smart phones or other mobile devices also can register at m.fema.gov.



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