India nuclear plants shut as ‘precaution’ after Indonesia quake?

There have been conflicting reports about whether a nuclear power plant in India was shut down by the Indian government as a precaution after a strong earthquake hit Indonesia. One news […]

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By Vicky Ellis

There have been conflicting reports about whether a nuclear power plant in India was shut down by the Indian government as a precaution after a strong earthquake hit Indonesia.

One news site claimed the Nuclear Power Corporation of India was planning to shut plants down. However another Indian news site claims a top official from the Kundankulam Nuclear Power plant said it was not affected although it was “generally on the alert”.

Earlier today an 8.6 magnitude earthquake hit off the west coast of Northern Sumatra, an Indonesian island, closely followed by a second of 8.2, according to the US Geological Society.

The tsunami warning for the Indian Ocean has been lifted, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Indonesia has no functioning nuclear plants of its own, although last year it was said to be pressing ahead with plans for a reactor despite being situated on the notorious Ring of Fire Pacific plate.

In 2004, during the Asian tsunami which wreaked havoc across the Indian Ocean, one nuclear plant in India shut down automatically when sensors in a pipe which drew cooling water from deep in the Indian Ocean detected a change in water level. The plant had no operations trouble.