Radioactive Tunnel Collapse at Washington State Nuclear Plant; Update: No Fly Zone
No injuries and no radiological release are reported after a tunnel collapse at the mostly-decommissioned Hanford Nuclear Reservation, along the Columbia River, about 40 miles east of Yakima in south central Washington state.
Workers have been evacuated from the site.
There is some concern that the breach could expose highly radioactive material that is in the tunnel.
The FAA has called a "no fly zone" above the plant until it can be determined that there is no danger to pilots.
Seattle TV station KING reports that the tunnel was full of highly contaminated materials such as hot radioactive trains that transport fuel rods.
The station said a source told them there was road work going on adjacent to the collapse.
The site was built in 1943 as part of the US Manhattan Project nuclear development program.
By Mike Shiloh
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