Today’s quake was in Cantor’s district, near 2 nukes plants, and he wants to cut funding for agency that tracks quakes

UPDATE: Via Marcy Wheeler at Emptywheel.net, the North Anna power station lost power and is operating on backup diesel generators.

Today’s 5.9 East Coast earthquake was centered in Eric Cantor’s district, near the Anna 1 & 2 nuclear facilities.

To get an idea how near, check out this image. The red pin is the epicenter of the quake. Note Lake Anna in the upper right corner. That’s the area in which the Anna nuclear facilities are located. It’s about 11 miles to the facilities.

Note: Eric Cantor is this guy:

What if we where to experience a disaster like Japan? How prepared are we in our country? Yesterday house republican leader Eric Cantor defended republican proposals to cut spending for the United States Geological Survey, the National Weather Service, and NOAA.

The US Geological Survey is in charge of… earthquakes.  More charts and analysis at Marcy’s place. Again, great catch!

GP

UPDATE from Joe @ 5:11: Seems like DC is calming down. But, we’re still having phone issues in DC. Cell phones coverage comes and goes, probably because of the surge in usage. And, my landline is out. Email and texts seem to be working.

The White House issued a statement a short time ago:

From Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest:

At 2:50 p.m. EDT this afternoon, the President led a conference call with DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Senior Science Advisor for Earthquake and Geologic Hazards with the Department of Interior Dr. David Applegate, Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Greg Jaczko, Deputy Homeland Security Advisor Heidi Avery, and Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough to discuss the earthquake and status of critical infrastructure. The President was told that there are no initial reports of major infrastructure damage, including at airports and nuclear facilities and that there were currently no requests for assistance. The President asked for regular updates on the situation. The President also was provided an update on preparations for Hurricane Irene by Secretary Napolitano and Administrator Fugate.


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