A Midwestern Earthquake
PAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Staffers at the Wolf Creek nuclear power plant in southeastern Kansas found no damage to the plant after an earthquake rattled a large swath of the Midwest.
Spokeswoman Jenny Hageman says Saturday's 5.6 magnitude earthquake centered in north-central Oklahoma did not shake the plant near Burlington, Kansas, enough to set off a seismic alarm but staff checked it as a precaution.
KVOE reports the plant was shut down Friday by a water leak. Hageman says the source of the leak in the reactor cooling system inside the plant's containment area has been identified and that there was never of threat of a radiation leak.
It's unclear when Wolf Creek will return to operation.
The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake struck at 7:02 a.m. about nine miles northwest of Pawnee, Oklahoma, a town of about 2,200 about 70 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. The USGS also reports a 3.6 magnitude aftershock in the same area at 7:58 a.m.
The quake was felt as far away as Nebraska.