Federal Government to reassess potential earthquake hazard at Hanford
April 17, 2012 -
RICHLAND, Wash. - The US government plans to take another look at Hanford's potential earthquake hazard.
The Department of Energy's last analysis was in 1996, so they'll soon be doing another seismic assessment.
According to information collected when the Vit plant was designed, the biggest earthquake that has been recorded in our region, was 5.2 in magnitude in Milton-Freewater, 72 miles from Hanford, in 1936.
A 7.3 magnitude earthquake also hit Eastern Washington near Lake Chelan in 1872.
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