MOSCOW--The first Russian nuclear reactor to cross into the new millennium survived the Y2K computer bug test, Russia's atomic power company said in Moscow today half an hour after the plant entered the New Year.
"At 3:00 p.m. Moscow time (1200 GMT) the staff of the Bilibinsk nuclear power plant met the New Year. In connection with the change of date no shutdown in the work of the equipment was observed," the Rosenergoatom firm, which manages eight of nine civilian nuclear power plants in Russia said in a press release at 1230 GMT.
Itar-Tass news agency said radiation levels at the plant remained within normal bounds.
The reactor, in Russia's far eastern Chukotka province opposite Alaska, was the first to cross into the New Year, just three hours after President Boris Yeltsin resigned in Moscow at noon Moscow time today.
An Emergencies Ministry duty officer in Moscow said there were no problems due to the Y2K computer bug as of 15 minutes after midnight in Chukotka.[break]Hebben we weer mazzel gehad . Verder meldt CNET ze in AustraliŽ ook geen last hebben gehad van eventuele Y2k problemen tijdens hun eeuwwisseling:[/break]CANBERRA--The Australia government said no Y2K computer bug problems had been reported as the country ticked over into 2000.
Senator Ian Campbell, parliamentary secretary to Australia's communications minister, told reporters shortly after midnight: "Certainly no failures have taken place, but I wouldn't expect any significant reports to occur until one o'clock or so."
Asked if the world could take heart from what happened here, he said, "It's looking good so far."
Campbell is stationed at the Emergency Management Australia office in the capital of Canberra to coordinate checks on Y2K problems across the country.
Asked about key sectors such as water, electricity, aviation, he said: "I've not had great concerns about those sectors, because I think they've done the work."