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Monday, 27 March, 2000, 11:44 GMT
Fault cuts Chernobyl output by half
There has been a malfunction at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in Ukraine, the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster.

A spokeswoman for the state nuclear power company said that no increase in radiation levels had been recorded following the accident, but output from the station's only working nuclear reactor had been reduced by half.

Ukraine has said it will shut down the power plant later this year in return for Western funds to complete the construction of two replacement reactors elsewhere in the country. In 1986, an explosion and a fire at Chernobly sent clouds of radioactive dust over Russia and Belarus, poisoning hundreds of people.

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