On the left: a Department of Energy photo of Hanfords B reactor, the worlds first plutonium reactor. On the right: a sign near the site today.
On the left: a Department of Energy photo of Hanford's B reactor, the world's first plutonium reactor. On the right: a sign near the site today. The Stranger

A nuclear cleanup site at Hanford, one of the biggest, most complex superfund sites in the country, has been evacuated. At 8:26 this morning, the Hanford Emergency Operations Center jumped into action after an alert regarding subsidence of soil covering old railroad tunnels that contain contaminated materials.

Susannah Frame of KING 5 reports that the "subsidence" concern translates into a collapsed tunnel, and workers have been instructed not to eat or drink anything.




There isn't much more we know at the momentโ€”the media lines are busy. We do know that access to the area where the alert was generated, 200 East Area, has been "restricted" and workers in potentially affected areas have been told to stay indoors.

We'll update when we know more.