Explosion at the nuclear power station of Flamanville, France
Later, additional information from the international communication network for the early-notification of any radiological accident, operated by the International Atomic Energy Agency (the IAEA), was received by the Nuclear Emergencies Centre of ISPRA. The communication concerned a first information note from the ASN. In particular, on the basis of information provided by EDF, the plant operator, the explosion occurred in the turbine-hall of the Unit n. 1 which is a conventional (non-nuclear) area separated from the nuclear part of the plant itself.
The fire that followed the explosion was extinguished at 11:00 by the firefighting team of the plant itself. Five operators who were working there have been taken care by the medical service of the installation. There are no casualties and no serious injuries.
The event did not have any radioactive release and has not been classified as a nuclear or radiological emergency.
The reactor n. 1 continued its operation and its shutdown was programmed to be started in the afternoon.
ISPRA continues to follow the development of the event.