Emergency shutdown at nuclear reactor: “Reading for number of neutrons became exceedingly high” after typhoon #Soulik #Taiwan

Published: July 14th, 2013 at 2:59 pm ET
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Title: Typhoon Soulik causes nuclear reactor shutdown
Source: China Post
Author: John Liu
Date: July 15, 2013

Typhoon Soulik’s strong winds caused one of the reactors at Taiwan’s First Nuclear Power Plant to automatically shut down as part of precautionary measures twice on Saturday.

At 2:50 a.m. on July 13, strong winds knocked out systems designed to reduce the likelihood of direct lighting strikes on the facility at the plant’s number two reactor unit, resulting in an automatic shutdown. While repairs were carried out on the system, the reading for the number of neutrons became exceedingly high, once again leading to an emergency shutdown as part of protection measures. [...]

Taipower said it had planned to submit a report regarding the incident to the Atomic Energy Council (AEC, 原能會) by yesterday afternoon, though no confirmation of this submission was available at the time of going to print. [...]

The typhoon also led to a significant amount of detritus blocking the water inlet. [...]

See also: Japan Nuclear Expert: 30,000 deaths in first month and up to 7 million cancer deaths total if accident at Taiwan nuke plant

Published: July 14th, 2013 at 2:59 pm ET
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