Lightning shuts down Japanese N-reactor
A test nuclear reactor in northern Japan shut down automatically after lightning struck a power line serving the facility.india Updated: Dec 27, 2006 14:58 IST
A test nuclear reactor in northern Japan shut down automatically early on Wednesday morning after lightning struck a power line 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 Center in Ibaraki prefecture shut down shortly before 1:00 am on Wednesday after lightning hit a commercial power line serving the reactor, the agency said in a statement.
Power from the line was restored 1 1/2 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, said O-arai spokesman Minoru Gunji.
The reactor needs to be cooled down before it can be restarted, which the agency hopes will take place as early as this evening, he said.
First Published: Dec 27, 2006 13:26 IST