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Explosion at Flamanville nuclear power plant in France “There may be injuries”

An explosion has erupted at EDF’s Flamanville nuclear power plant in northern France. At least five people suffered light injuries in the blast.

EDF has confirmed that one reactor has been taken offline adding there is no nuclear risk.

“It is a significant technical event, but it’s not a nuclear accident,” a representative of the local prefecture said, adding that the accident occurred outside of the ‘nuclear zone’.

According to Ouest France newspaper, firefighters were alerted to a fire and an explosion in the engine room around 10am local time and emergency services were sent to the location.

The plant lies 105km from the UK mainland and between 40-50km from Guernsey and Jersey in the Channel.

  • an hour ago

    Explosion at EDF’s nuclear power plant

    An explosion has been reported at an EDF nuclear reactor at its Flamanville facility. The incident was reported by Ouest France newspaper on its website.

    According to first indications, there may be injuries but there is no risk of a nuclear leak.

    Stay tuned here for updates as this story develops.

    7 minutes ago
    On Jan. 18, ASN Chairman Pierre-Franck Chevet gave his New Year’s best wishes — but he issued a warning. The nuclear situation in France is worrying.
    “A year ago,the situation with regard to nuclear installations was worrying in the medium term. If I had to summarize my thoughts today, I would say that the situation is worrying. I omit “in the medium term

28 minutes ago
EDF confirms the incident at Flamanville. Specifies:

A fire near to reactor 1 led to an explosion at 09h40 in an engineering sector of the facility. Fire crews immediately responded and extinguished the blaze. Firefighters responded to the incident and have confirmed the absence of fire.

Reactor 1 has been taken offline following the blast. There are no reports of injuries and no environmental risks.

February 9, 2017 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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