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Fallout from Russia's mysterious missile disaster suggests a nuclear reactor blew up

Fallout from Russia's mysterious missile disaster suggests a nuclear reactor blew upAn explosion at a Russian weapons testing site in August released radioactive isotopes that almost certainly came from a nuclear reactor, experts say.



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Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic despite warnings

Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic despite warningsRussia will launch the world’s first floating nuclear reactor and send it on an epic journey across the Arctic on Friday, despite environmentalists warning of serious risks to the region. Loaded with nuclear fuel, the Akademik Lomonosov will leave the Arctic port of Murmansk to begin its 5,000 kilometre (3,000-mile) voyage to northeastern Siberia. Nuclear agency Rosatom says the reactor is a simpler alternative to building a conventional plant on ground that is frozen all year round, and it intends to sell such reactors abroad.



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Russia Says Small Nuclear Reactor Blew Up in Deadly Accident

Russia Says Small Nuclear Reactor Blew Up in Deadly AccidentThe blast occurred Aug. 8 during a test of a missile



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Russia: Nuclear reactor safe on fire-hit submersible

Russia: Nuclear reactor safe on fire-hit submersibleThe nuclear reactor on one of the Russian navy’s research submersibles hasn’t been damaged in a fire that killed 14 seamen, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Thursday, adding that the vessel would be put back into service after repairs. The Defense Ministry said the 14 seamen were killed by toxic fumes from Monday’s blaze, the navy’s worst accident in more than a decade. Russian media reported that it was the country’s most secret submersible, a nuclear-powered research submarine called the Losharik intended for sensitive missions at great depths.



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Key North Korean nuclear reactor has been shut down for months: IAEA

Key North Korean nuclear reactor has been shut down for months: IAEAThe nuclear reactor that is believed to have supplied much of the plutonium for North Korea’s nuclear weapons appears to have been shut down for the past three months, the U.N. atomic watchdog said on Monday, without suggesting why. The 5-megawatt reactor is part of North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear complex, the possible dismantling of which was a central issue in talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam last week. The Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency has not had access to North Korea since Pyongyang expelled its inspectors in 2009, and it now monitors the country’s nuclear activities mainly through satellite imagery.



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Israel admits bombing suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007, warns Iran

Israel admits bombing suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007, warns IranBy stephen farrell JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel for the first time admitted that it bombed a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007 and said on Wednesday the strike should be a warning to Iran that it would not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. The military released previously classified cockpit footage, photographs and intelligence documents about its Sept. 6, 2007, air strike on the Al-Kubar facility near Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria. It said the reactor was being constructed with help from North Korea and had been months away from activation.



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Report shows North Korea testing nuclear reactor

Report shows North Korea testing nuclear reactorSouth Korean officials are beginning preparations for a summit next month with North Korea, as a report shows the North had probably begun testing a nuclear reactor as recently as late February. Grace Lee reports.



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Fukushima reactor 'ice wall' nearly finished

Fukushima reactor 'ice wall' nearly finishedFukushima’s operator on Tuesday started freezing the last section of a $ 320 million ice wall designed to combat widespread water contamination at the site of the worst nuclear accident in a generation. Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) began pumping coolant into the remaining seven metres (23 feet) of its 1.5-kilometre underground wall which encircles the four reactors along Japan’s northeast coast. The 30-metre deep wall is designed to block underground water from nearby mountains from flowing into the shattered complex and then seeping into the Pacific.



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Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor

Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactorLava-like rocks believed to be melted nuclear fuel have been spotted inside Japan’s stricken Fukushima reactor by an underwater robot, the plant’s operator said at the end of a three-day inspection. Large amounts of the solidified lumps and deposit were spotted for the first time by the robot on the floor of the primary containment vessel underneath the core of Fukushima’s No. 3 reactor, the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said. “There is a high possibility that the solidified objects are mixtures of melted metal and fuel that fell from the vessel,” a TEPCO spokesman said, adding that the company was planning further analysis of the images.



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Robot finds likely melted fuel heap inside Fukushima reactor

Robot finds likely melted fuel heap inside Fukushima reactorTOKYO (AP) — Images captured by an underwater robot showed massive deposits believed to be melted nuclear fuel covering the floor of a damaged reactor at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.



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