India's N-plants unaffected by Iran earthquake: NPCIL
Nuclear plants in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan remained unaffected by the earthquake that hit the Pakistan-Iran border region this evening, impact of which was widely felt in northwest India.delhi Updated: Apr 16, 2013 19:47 IST
Nuclear plants in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan remained unaffected by the earthquake that hit the Pakistan-Iran border region this evening, impact of which was widely felt in northwest India.
"All our plants in the northern and western region remained unaffected by the earthquake," Nalinish Nagaich, executive director, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) informed.
He said all the five nuclear power units at Rawatbhata in Rajasthan and the two in Kakrapar, Gujarat functioned normally when the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Pakistan-Iran border region.
Unit-II of the Narora Atomic Power Station (NAPS) in Uttar Pradesh, which is operating at 162MW, also remained unaffected, he said.
NCPIL officials said NAPS Unit-II was not functioning since it was shutdown due to grid disturbances on April 9.
Tarapur Atomic Power Station Unit-II is shutdown for refuelling, while Unit-III is under biannual maintenance.
NPCIL, India's sole nuclear plant operator, runs 19 nuclear power plants across six sites in the country.
Meanwhile, the ministry of earth sciences said the quake came under the category of a 'great earthquake' and was also widely felt in parts of north-western India.
"No significant aftershock activity is reported so far. No major damage is expected in India due to this earthquake," said a statement issued by the ministry.