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Earthquake could trigger San Onofre shutdown, officials say

Posted: May 31, 2012 |   Comments

Officials at the San Onofre nuclear plant said it's possible that vibration sensors in the plant's backup diesel generators could be tripped by an earthquake, leading to shutdown of the generators.

Plant operator Southern California Edison reported the potential issue to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and said it has disabled the sensors while it looks into the issue.

The diesel generators provide power to the plant and keep safety systems running in the event of a power outage. The generators have sensors that are set up to shut the generators down if they identify excessive vibration that could be caused by mechanical engine damage.

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