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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Earthquake 5.8 in Bulgaria

5.8-Magnitude Quake in Sofia Was Nearly Undetectable at Kozloduy NPP

Energy | May 22, 2012, Tuesday| 643 views
Bulgaria: 5.8-Magnitude Quake in Sofia Was Nearly Undetectable at Kozloduy NPP
A staff member stands at the newly built storage facility for dry storage of spent nuclear fuel at the Bulgarian nuclear power plant in the town of Kozloduy some 200 km from Sofia, Bulgaria 12 May 2011. Photo by BGNES
The 5.8-magnitude earthquake that shook Sofia in the small hours of Tuesday was nearly undetectable at the Kozloduy NPP in northwestern Bulgaria, according to Valentin Nikolov, CEO of the plant.
In a Tuesday interview for the morning broadcast of bTV, Nikolov specified that unit 5 of the Kozloduy NPP was undergoing planned repairs, while the tremors at unit 6 had been very slight.
He explained that the plant's alarm systems had not been activated due to the low amplitude of the seismic waves.
Citing data of the Electricity System Operator (ESO), the CEO of Kozloduy NPP noted that no energy capacities in the country had been stopped due to the earthquake.
He said that the situation at the Kozloduy NPP did not require additional inspections for damages.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 on the Richter scale shook Bulgaria's capital early on Tuesday.
The jolt struck at 3:00am local time, about 24km west of the city and at a depth of 9.2km, according to reports of the US Geological Survey.
No casualties were reported after the quake.
Inspections for earthquake-induced damage to buildings are underway.

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