Indian Point power plant unscathed after East Coast quake

The Indian Point nuclear facility in Buchanan was unscathed after yesterday's 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook cities along the Eastern seaboard.

Officials say both of the reactors at the facility are operating at 100 percent. A representative for Entergy, the plant's operator, said the area is safe and capable of withstanding an even larger seismic event.

Critics, however, are renewing calls to have the power plant shut down. Paul Gallay, the president of the environmental group Riverkeeper, says yesterday's quake just adds more weight to that demand.

"Columbia University has said that we're in the one of the worst areas for seismic risk and the [Nuclear Regulatory Commission] says Indian Point is the most at-risk plant for core damage in an earthquake in the entire country," he says.

Sources tell News 12 that Indian Point was built to withstand a 6.1-magnitude earthquake.

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U.S. Geological Survey

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