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Oconee Nuclear administrators say station prepared for natural disasters, emergencies

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Oconee Nuclear Station (FOX Carolina/ August 8, 2017) Oconee Nuclear Station (FOX Carolina/ August 8, 2017)
OCONEE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Customers lined up at Eclectic Sun Rentals at Devil's Fork State Park in Oconee County. They have options to go on pontoon rides, paddle boards, canoes or kayaks.

"I'm a big fan of camping and I like to go, you know where I haven't gone before," said Jack Destephano, a resident of northern Illinois.

He and his friends decided to kayak on Lake Jocasee as part of a camping trip. Those who track earthquake magnitudes say the park is the epicenter of an earthquake that hit the area around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

He didn't feel the 1.7 magnitude quake and, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, most people wouldn't. 

"I had no idea. I must have slept through the whole thing," Destephano said.

The park isn't far from the Oconee Nuclear Station.

"Nuclear stations are among the safest facilities in the world," said Mikayla Kreuzberger, a communications consultant with Duke Energy, the company that owns the Oconee Nuclear Station. "This is a generating facility. We make electricity using nuclear fuel to get energy to your houses, homes, and businesses."

She says there are plans and procedures in place if a major earthquake or any other natural disaster hit the area.

"Our well-trained operators will follow their procedures to safely shut-down the unit," she said. "It's Duke Energy's commitment to our community to keep our neighbors safe."

There are three reactors which are housed in a containment building. 

"Our size mic equipment here on site did not detect any motion," Kreuzberger said.

That means those with Oconee Nuclear Station didn't have to activate their plan.

Kreuzberger says those units are constantly monitored and plans and procedures that are in place are designed to protect and keep those units in safe condition in case of an emergency or if a natural disaster were to hit the area.

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