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Jellyfish Influx Shuts Down Nuclear Reactors

Jellyfish Influx Shuts Down Nuclear Reactors

1:06pm 30th June 2011
(Updated 1:04am 1st July 2011)

Reactors at the Torness nuclear power station have been shut down by jellyfish.

A large influx of the creatures from the North Sea clogged filters in the water-cooling system.

The plant, near Dunbar, East Lothian, uses seawater to cool the reactors.

The jellyfish were "sucked in" as part of that process and obstructed the filters which are used to prevent debris and sea creatures entering the system.

The operators of Torness say the reactors have been shut down as a precaution and stress there is no danger to the public.

A spokesperson for EDF Energy told Sky News: "At no time was there any danger to the public.

"There are no radiological aspects with this event and there has been no impact to the environment."

Workers at the plant are now clearing the jellyfish from the cooling filters before the reactors are restarted.

It is unclear why there has been a sudden surge in the numbers of jellyfish in the sea off Scotland's east coast, but it is thought a rise in North Sea temperatures could be a factor.

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