Swiss nuclear power plants (NPPs) are amongst the most earthquake-proof structures in Switzerland. They have been designed, built and upgraded so that they can withstand even strong earthquakes. Their safety is subject to constant checking using state-of-the-art analysis methods. To comply with an ENSI requirement, the nuclear power plant operators carried out a thorough investigation into the seismic hazard at the NPP sites from 2001 to 2004 within the scope of the PEGASOS (German acronym for «probabilistic seismic hazard analysis for Swiss nuclear power plant sites») project.
For the second time since the Fukushima accident in 2011, power plant operators have demonstrated that their plants are capable of withstanding an extremely rare, severe earthquake.
The Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate assessed the earthquake safety of the Beznau nuclear power plant in accordance with the legal requirements. The Swiss Federal Administrative Court has thus rejected an appeal lodged by 15 individuals.
The Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate ENSI has set out new requirements for assessing seismic hazards in Swiss nuclear power plants in the light of the latest scientific findings.