May 15, 2017
After part of a storage tunnel caved in, the US Dept. of Energy declared an emergency at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeastern Washington. The tunnel contained rail cars carrying radioactive waste to a storage facility. Workers noticed the collapse about 8:30 a.m. May 9. A section of earth of about 400 square feet caved in. The tunnels were covered by eight feet of earth; they have been used to store contaminated equipment since the 1950’s According to Randy Bradbury of the Washington Dept. of Energy, no radiation was released and no workers were injured.