Lightning hits nuke powerline
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.