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February 26, 2008

Millions of people in South Florida experienced brief power outages this afternoon as two nuclear reactors in Miami automatically shut down when power lines at a substation failed, according to the AFP.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the two Florida Power & Light nuclear reactors at its Turkey Point plant 30 miles south of Miami automatically shut down.

The power line failure caused other parts of the system to shut down to protect the integrity of the electrical grid, the NYTimes reports. 

The Miami Herald reported that both reactors at the Turkey Point nuclear station, south of Miami, went off line at the time the problem of the outage, but the NRC was unsure whether the reactors were shut down before the outage or in response to the power failure. Officials said there were no safety concerns at the nuclear station.