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Two Japanese nuclear reactors shut down due to lightning

Other News Materials 20 November 2008 11:14 (UTC +04:00)

Two reactors at the Mihama Nuclear Plant in north-central Japan automatically shut down on Thursday after lightning struck an electric power cable, reported dpa.

No injuries or harm to the surrounding environment was reported by the plant's operator Kansai Electric Power Co, but the disturbance caused minor amounts of non-radioactive steam to leak inside one of the reactors, Japanese media said.

The Mihama plant's No 1 and No 2 reactors shut down operations early Thursday after the electric transmission ceased by lightning hitting the power cable.

The No 3 reactor, which was undergoing a routine inspection, reduced its power output.

A small amount of non-radioactive steam leaked inside the No 1 reactor, according to Kansai Electric.

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