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A spokesman for Southern California Edison, the operator of the San Onofre nuclear power generating station (between LA and San Diego, the big white dome-shaped thing off I-5) was trying to calm fearful Southern California residents today when he explained that the 84-acre generating station was built to withstand a magnitude 7.0 earthquake.
He also told local media that a 25-foot-high "tsunami wall" of reinforced concrete stood between the plant and the immediately adjacent Pacific ocean.
Fortunately, San Onofre was built to withstand a 7.0 earthquake. Nuclear power expert, Murray Jennex says, "At San Onofre we analyzed the faults in that region. We analyzed the soils and conditions of that territory and the worst case expected, earthquake, is a 6.4, so we built for a 7.0 earthquake."