Explosion at Nuke Plant in France + Fire

9 02 2017

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RT News – Explosion at Flamanville nuclear power plant in France, no risk of nuclear contamination

We will add news here as we find it later. We figure the “no risk” line is a fantasy.

France has had horrible storms and wide power outages from them.
Feb. 4 – The Watchers250 000 homes without power after powerful storm hits France

The Daily Mail [UK]Five workers suffering from ‘sickness’ after explosion at French nuclear power plant close to the English Channel

  • The blast occurred in the boiler room of the Flamanville plant at 10am today
  • There is no immediate nuclear risk at the plant, according to French officials
  • The fire was brought under control and five construction workers felt ill
  • It is the latest in a string of setbacks for the plant where a man died in 2011

NOTE: some graphic explosions on YouTube are footage from China – not France with a wrong label.

The Telegraph [UK]Several injured in explosion at France’s Flamanville nuclear reactor site near Channel Islands

Flamanville nuclear power plant explosion: Panic after blast at EDF plant in north-west France – talks about ‘problems’ with the steel at the NPP.

Explosion rocks French Flamanville nuclear plant

“. . . The blast took place in the engine room at the Flamanville plant, which lies 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of the port of Cherbourg and just across from the Channel Islands.
“It is not a nuclear accident,” senior local official Jacques Witkowski told AFP.
He said a ventilator had exploded outside the nuclear zone at the plant, which has been in operation since the 1980s. . .”

Massive explosion at nuclear power plant near British coast leaves several injured


UPDATES

France: Fire at nuclear power plant takes reactor off grid, operator says no associated nuclear risk

A fire caused an explosion at the Flamanville nuclear power plant in northwest France on Thursday, leading the operator EDF to take a reactor offline, but there was no risk to the reactor, EDF and a local official said on Thursday.
The state-owned firm said a fire in the turbine hall caused the explosion in a “non-nuclear” part of the power station.”

Flamanville plant in northern France has been hit by a massive explosion

More updates in the comments here…

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9 02 2017
flyingcuttlefish

Adjust the SETTINGS (lower right corner) of these videos to get English subtitles ….

Russian News –

France: Explosion à Flamanville : “absolument aucun risque nucléaire”

10 02 2017
miningawareness

They actually used the word “detonation” instead of “explosion”. The AFP pictures show white steam. I doubt we will ever know what happened unless a watchdog sues, and even then: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/detonation-fire-and-emergency-shutdown-at-french-nuclear-reactor-on-the-english-channel-less-than-a-month-after-regulator-called-the-state-of-french-nuclear-installations-worrying/

10 02 2017
miningawareness

Oh, and if any radiation did get out, unless the air currents have changed then it would be dependent upon Britain to rat them out and that ain’t gonna happen IMO because the British reactors are also owned by EDF (owned by French gov). Then it moves over to the area west Cork or Kerry and I don’t know if they have monitors but they seem to be kissing up because they want to run an electric connector from Cork to France. I am looking for the rad monitors. There IS a lawsuit about the venting of a French reactor last October. It was only for 2 or 3 minutes but a lot of rad escaped. No one was notified until well after the event. Thus, the lawsuit.

10 02 2017
miningawareness

The post has been updated. According to the older regulator, ISRN, it was a detonation of hydrogen, but they say it was being used as a coolant. The ASN regulator was apparently recently invented to watch-dog the ISRN.

And, the radiation level well to the east of the Annecy nuclear weapons facility, and also of Superphenix, Bugey, etc., and west of Zermatt – in that area of France under Switzerland the radiation level was listed as about as high as Chernobyl on the map. While one has to click that it could be an error, it only lowered slightly. The high was around 6.30 am CET on the 10th (prior day). So, if you see anything about an accident in that area, or know of a secret nuclear facility in the mountains there, please let me know. I think it was Bugey that vented rad in October.

10 02 2017
miningawareness

Did you know that some of the nuclear power station turbine generators are cooled by hydrogen! The turbo-generator for Flamanville is by ALSTOM and appears to be hydrogen cooled (insanely enough). This seems to be the source of the detonation, based on my understanding of the ISRN and ASN (regulators) press releases.

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