RUMINT: Chinese Nuke Sub Accident

Hmmm, anyone know anything more about this? Rumor has it that a nuclear-powered Chinese submarine has suffered some type of accident and is leaking radioactive materials into the waters of the port of Dalian.

From South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper:

Rumors are spreading quickly that radioactive materials were accidentally leaked from a state-of-the-art Chinese nuclear submarine moored in Dalian Port in Liaoning Province in the northeastern part of China.

The rumor was first reported on Saturday by Boxun.com, a website for overseas Chinese, before it was picked up by Sina Weibo, a Chinese microblogging site similar to Twitter.

Citing People's Liberation Army sources in Dalian, Boxun.com reported that there was an accidental leakage of radiation when engineers from a Chinese electronics company were installing equipment on the submarine.

Boxun reported that the accident happened suddenly, and that Chinese authorities had sealed off the area while an investigation was under way, while taking steps to ensure news of the accident did not spread.

The Chinese media and government have so far refrained from commenting on the rumors, which have stoked fears among netizens.

Here's an interesting blog entry from someone claiming to be a former high-ranking Japanese Air Self Defense Force official on the incident and the prospect of China experiencing more nuclear accidents as it builds new nuclear facilities.

Thanks to commenter TLAM Strike for pointing this out.

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