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Sunday, August 26, 2012

San Onofre - Second Notification of Unusual Event due to earthquakes

This has just come in at 7:14 PM Eastern, in response to the second NOUE issued for San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. This is a press release direct from SCE courtesy Jennifer Manfre.



Media Contact: Media Relations (626) 302-2255

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Declares Second Unusual Event Due to
Mexico Border Earthquakes

SAN ONOFRE, Calif., Aug. 26, 2012 – San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) has declared a second Notice of Unusual Event, in compliance with regulations, at 2:03 p.m. after another earthquake was felt in the control room. There was no threat to the public or employees and no one was hurt.

The station has received reports of earthquakes near the Mexico border.

The plant has been off-line since earlier this year, and there is no safety risk for the public or SONGS employees.

This second declaration follows the protocols set by of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission which also includes notification of state and community partners. All notifications have been made.

For updates, please visit www.SONGScommunity.com, or follow us on Twitter at SCE_SONGS and on www.facebook/sce.

The San Onofre plant is jointly owned by SCE (78.21%), San Diego Gas & Electric (20%), and the city of Riverside (1.79%).

About Southern California Edison
An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.


Jennifer Manfrè
Senior Manager, Media Relations
Southern California Edison


7:16 PM Eastern 8/26/2012

UPDATE 7:34 PM Eastern: Jennifer Manfre of SCE informs APR directly that San Onofre was in the process of clearing the first Notification of Unusual Event when the second earthquake was felt in the control room, moving the plant directly into a second NOUE. This means that there is only a single clearance of NOUE notification to expect.


  1. It's a hypocritical shame that nuclear plants are compelled to alert -- and the media to lightly alarm -- the public with these notifications when chemical and gas and oil facilities aren't.

    James Greenidge
    Queens NY

  2. @Jim: Perhaps! But it's important that when these things happen, we stand right up and say what did and did not happen and keep the public fully informed.