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A tunnel collapsed at the Hanford nuclear waste site on Tuesday. Here's what you need to know.

It sounds scary, but we're probably fine
The PUREX facility at Hanford

The PUREX facility at Hanford.

Yes, there was a tunnel collapse at a former nuclear processing facility on Tuesday. No, you don’t need to panic. Knowledge is power:

What is Hanford?

In 1943, the United States government bought out an area in Washington State as a site for the Manhattan Project. The Hanford site was used to produce material (including plutonium) for nuclear weapons during WWII and the Cold War. The old facility, now known as the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, occupies an area about half the size of Rhode Island.

The Plutonium

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