Light­ning hits nuke pow­er­line

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

A TEST nu­clear re­ac­tor in north­ern Ja­pan shut down au­to­mat­i­cally early yes­ter­day morn­ing af­ter light­ning struck a pow­er­line serv­ing the fa­cil­ity, the coun­try’s atomic en­ergy agency said. There was no ra­di­a­tion leak or dam­age, it said. The 140,000-kilo­watt Joyo ex­per­i­men­tal fast re­ac­tor at the Ja­pan Atomic En­ergy Agency’s O-arai Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre in Ibaraki pre­fec­ture shut down shortly be­fore 3am af­ter light­ning hit a com­mer­cial pow­er­line serv­ing the re­ac­tor, the agency said.

Power from the line was re­stored 1+ hours later, the agency said. No other fa­cil­i­ties at the site were af­fected.

The re­ac­tor was in the mid­dle of a test op­er­a­tion that re­mains on track to run from De­cem­ber 11 to Fe­bru­ary 2, O-arai spokesman, Mi­noru Gunji, said.

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