Sweden faces its own shutdown: Cause? Jellyfish

Found in most ocean waters, moon jellyfish feed on plankton and can grow to be up to 16 inches across.

(Credit: Luc Viatour/Wikimedia)

As government Web sites in the US go dark, the National Zoo panda cam shuts off, and NASA’s AsteroidWatch tweets fall silent, spare a thought for poor Sweden.

It’s grappling with its own shutdown, one that’s threatening its electricity supply. A nuclear power plant that provides 10 percent of the county’s power has been operating at reduced capacity.

The culprit? Not bickering politicians, but waves of jellyfish that flooded the plant’s water intake pipes.

Specifically, tons of moon jellyfish besieged the Oskarshamn nuclear plant in southeastern Sweden on Sunday, forcing a shutdown of its unit 3 reactor.

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