An explosion occurred at French utility EDF’s Flamanville nuclear plant on Thursday in which there may have been some injuries but from which there was no nuclear risk, French newspaper Ouest France reported on its web site, citing local police. Officials at EDF’s Paris headquarters had no immediate comment and local officials at the plant in western France could not be immediately reached for comment.
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An explosion and fire have occurred at the Flamanville nuclear plant on France’s northern coast but there is no nuclear risk, officials say. Several people may have been injured in the blast, which happened in a machine room around 10:00 (09:00 GMT), Ouest-France newspaper reports. A rescue vehicle has been sent to the site in Normandy, it says. Flamanville has two nuclear reactors. A third one under construction is the model for a new reactor in the UK.
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An explosion and fire at a French nuclear facility did not carry a nuclear risk, officials said. French authorities reported an explosion at the Flamanville nuclear power plant in Normandy after 10 am local time (9 am GMT) on Thursday. The blast, which caused several injuries, rocked the plant’s machine room but did not cause a radioactive leak, they said. Five people had been slightly injured after inhaling smoke from a fire that broke out after the explosion, the Daily Telegraph reported.“It is a significant technical event but it is not a nuclear accident,” Olivier Marmion, a senior regional official, told local media.
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A fire led to a blast in the machine room of a nuclear power plant on France’s northwest coast on Thursday morning but there was no radiation leak or casualties, operator EDF said. The explosion happened at around 10am local time in the machine room of the EDF Flamanville nuclear plant near the port of Cherbourg and the Channel Islands. Medical and emergency teams were sent to the plant, but the regional authority said the incident is now “over”. Five people were slightly injured after inhaling smoke from a fire that broke out after the explosion.
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“Though any accident at a nuclear site must be taken seriously, I wouldn’t call this a nuclear accident as there was no release of radioactive material and the reactor was not affected,” said Prof Jim Smith, professor of environmental science at the University of Portsmouth. “There doesn’t appear to be any risk to the general public.” Mycle Schneider, a Paris-based nuclear consultant, said that fires in a nuclear plant were always “bad news” because of side effects such as the smoke, which apparently intoxicated the five people. “However, in this case, the fire had apparently been contained and rather quickly brought under control. I don’t think this was a major event at all.” Other nuclear experts noted that because of the design of the plant’s reactors, water passing through the turbine would not have gone through the reactor’s core, so it was unlikely there was a radioactive release. “There were no consequences for safety at the plant or for environmental safety,” EDF said in a statement.
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Jersey Met says an earthquake in the English Channel, of 2.6 magnitude, is not linked to an explosion at a French nuclear power plant station.
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An explosion has ripped through a machine room at the giant power station on the Norman coast at Flamanville this morning, injuring five workers but not resulting in any leakage of radioactivity, French authorities reassured.
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A FIRE at a nuclear power station in France run by the company behind Hinkley C has been dealt with by its employees, the firm said. EDF Energy said the fire broke out at 9.40am local time in a non-nuclear part of a turbine hall at Flamanville in northern France. The BBC has described the incident as an ‘explosion’. There were no casualties and the fire was under control before the fire service arrived, said EDF, adding the reactor in the area affected by the fire was switched off as a safeguard.
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EMERGENCY communication procedures between Jersey and French authorities were put into action yesterday following an explosion at the Flamanville nuclear plant. The States police were contacted by the facility, which is 22 miles away on the Normandy coast, to inform the force that although there had been an incident, there was no nuclear threat. Mark James, the Island’s chief fire officer and emergency planning officer, said that notification systems ‘worked exactly as they were meant to work’. He said: ‘The police control room were first contacted by Flamanville at 10.52 am in a courtesy call to say that there had been an incident but that it was not nuclear. ‘Then at 11.15 am, we received another call with more information to say that the incident was under control and that five people were being treated for smoke inhalation. However, despite mechanisms between the nuclear plant and Jersey authorities working as they should, Mr James said that information could have been distributed to the public more quickly.
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