Earthquakes cannot be ruled out at Nuclear Plants: NDMA

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New Delhi, Nov 13: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has admitted that the safety measures at all atomic plants in the country were in place but earthquakes at these sites cannot be completely ruled out.

"Earthquake is a matter of great concern to us, especially in the six nuclear states of the country. The list of seismically vulnerable places is being constantly revised. "You cannot completely rule out a quake at these sites. The challenge is to be prepared for an unlikely disaster," Shashidar Reddy vice-chairman of NDMA.

For the safety purpose of these power plants, they are designed to resist higher intensity, forcasted for the particular place. The measures taken by the government and other agencies are all foolproof, he said

However, there is still scope for additional facilities to further bolster safety at these plants, especially after what happened in Fukushima (in Japan),he added.

Reddy said that after the recent protests in Koodankulam, the state government and Atomic Energy Regulatory Board had undertaken a thorough review of the safety measures at the site.

The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board had claimed that Koodankulam plant was "very well protected" still the NDMA, headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh take proper care of the safety measures.

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