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Taiwan's No. 3 nuclear power plant unaffected by earthquake

2019/04/06 14:08:26

Taipei, April 6 (CNA) Taiwan's No. 3 nuclear power plant was not affected by a magnitude 4.4 earthquake that hit southern Taiwan, where the facility is located, Saturday morning, according to Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower).

All three nuclear power plants operating in Taiwan remained functional and no damage was recorded in the facilities after the earthquake, Taipower said.

The quake was centered about 26.1 kilometers northeast of Pingtung County Hall and struck at a depth of only 15.5 km, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The weak-motion seismometer (WMS) of the No. 3 nuclear power plant, the only power plant located in southern Taiwan, was not activated by the earthquake, Taipower said.

The WMS is an instrument that responds to ground motions, such as those caused by earthquakes, according to Taiwan's Atomic Energy Council (AEC).

If the seismometer is activated, the AEC will contact the nuclear power plant to find out if the functions of the facility are still in order.

If the WMS records an intensity of more than 5 on Taiwan's 7-tier intensity scale, the nuclear reactor in the plant will be automatically shut down.

The earthquake's intensity, which gauges the actual effect of a temblor, was highest in parts of Pingtung County, where it measured 4,according to the weather bureau.

No injuries or damage were immediately reported.

(By Pan Tzu-yu and Chi Jo-yao)