Diablo Canyon Power Plant declares unusual event due to earthquake near King City

AVILA BEACH, Calif. – On October 21, 2012 at 12:09 a.m., Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Diablo Canyon Power Plant declared an Unusual Event in response to an earthquake near King City that was felt in the control room at the plant. There was no impact to plant operations. Units 1 and 2 continue to operate safely at 100 percent power.


The declaration followed protocols set by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), which also included notification of state and community partners. An Unusual Event is the lowest of four emergency classifications established by the NRC.


Diablo Canyon Power Plant is a nuclear power facility owned and operated by PG&E. Its two units together produce approximately 2,300 net megawatts of greenhouse-gas-free electricity, about 10 percent of all electricity generated in California, and enough energy to meet the needs of more than three million Northern and Central Californians.


Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/ and www.pgecurrents.com.