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Russian nuclear reactors shutdown after short-circuit after same thing happened at another station

Three reactors at a Russian nuclear plant have been shutdown after a short circuit, less than a week after the same happened in the east of the country.

The units were unplugged yesterday at the Kalinin power station where radiation levels remain normal, a subsidiary of the Rosatom nuclear company said.

The Kalinin nuclear power plant's first, second and fourth reactors were taken offline, Rosenergoatom said in a statement.

The plant is located some 200 miles northwest of Moscow, in the Tver region.

In this file photo taken on March 18, 2011 cars drive by a checkpoint at the Kalinin Nuclear Power Plant, in the Tver region

The Kalinin Nuclear Power Plant, a branch of the Rosenergoatom company (file photo)

'The radiation level at the station and adjacent territory remains unchanged and is in line with natural background levels,' the statement said.

Officials told the TASS news agency the reactors could go back online within a day if they were able to assess the cause.

On Friday, a reactor was pulled offline in Beloyarks, around 900 miles east of Moscow.

'The radiation level at the station and adjacent territory remains unchanged and is in line with natural background levels,' the company's statement said

However, confidence in nuclear energy has strengthened since the Chernobyl disaster, with 30 percent of Russians saying they thought a similar disaster was likely.

This in contrast to the 69 percent in 2000, who told the Levada Center

Russia has ten nuclear power stations including the Kalinin plant, according to the World Nuclear Association.  

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