Portion of tunnel containing nuclear waste collapses in Hanford, Wash

An emergency was declared Tuesday morning at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington state after a tunnel was breached, according to Hanford government officials.

The site was built during World War II and made the plutonium for most of the US nuclear arsenal, including the bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, at the end of the war.

Hours after authorities scrambled to respond, US Department of Energy authorities determined there is no initial evidence that workers have been exposed to radiation or that there has been an "airborne radiological release".

The AP reports "there are concerns about subsidence in the soil covering railroad tunnels". It contains about 56 million gallons of radioactive waste.

Workers near the site of the collapse Tuesday were evacuated and hundreds of others farther away were told to remain indoors for several hours, the agency said.

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"Federal, state and local officials are coordinating closely on the response, and the state Department of Ecology is in close communication with the U.S. Department of Energy Richland Office". The bulletin warned employees to take shelter because "the tunnels contain contaminated materials".

Hanford has more than 9,000 employees.

The tunnels are described as being hundreds of feet long and the collapse was spotted by workers doing routine surveillance.

Cleaning up radioactive materials has been a problem for years at the site in Hanford, which is a small agricultural community in Washington, about 200 miles southeast of Seattle.

Highly contaminated items were stored in the tunnel that has collapsed at Hanford. Considering all the disgusting stuff still contained within America's most contaminated nuclear site, that did not sound good.

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The evacuation did not affect the nearby nuclear power plant operated by Energy Northwest, company spokesman John Dobken said. He said the plant lies near the middle of the Hanford site and was "a very high hazard operation".

"The unfolding crisis at Hanford ..."

A worker at the Hanford Site who asked us not to disclose their name explained that back in the 1980s, the PUREX facility was used to help dismantle nuclear fuel rods. It is now being dismantled and cleaned up by the Energy Department.

The Hanford Site was part of the Manhattan Project, which led to the production of the first atomic bombs, including the ones dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II.

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