Russia says no leak after nuclear reactor malfunction

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Officials at a Russian nuclear station in northwest Russia said Tuesday there had been no radioactive leak after one of its reactors turned itself off following a malfunction.

"The reactor number three automatically turned off Tuesday at 1:38 am local time (2238 GMT Monday) following a malfunction in the pressure system", a statement said, adding it had not yet established the cause of the incident.

The level of radioactivity at the nuclear power station and the surrounding area had not risen above the authorised amount, it said.

The malfunction has left the power station with just two out of four reactors in operation, as its second reactor is undergoing construction.

The nuclear power station is located 200 kilometres (125 miles) from Murmansk, in the extreme northwest part of Russia on the Kola Peninsula.

© 2010 AFP

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