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Mon Nov 20, 7:18 am

Nuclear Sub Near Meltdown

A British submarine that carried a nuclear reactor came close to a meltdown last May when the ship's cooling system had a problem. "The Sunday Times" reported that the problem on the HMC Tireless could have caused contamination of thousands of square miles of the Mediterranean. Initially, officials called the problems "minor," but a source associated with repairs on the submarine said that on-board safety systems, which helped crew members shut down the reactor, helped stop any major problems. Protests from local residents in Gibralter prevented repair work on the sub until recently.

-- Rachel Gibson (, November 20, 2000

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