— Florida: Explosion and fire at Turkey Point nuclear plant; emergency alert declared; possible “serious safety consequences”; steam vented outside (VIDEO)

From ENE News

March 23, 2017

WSVN, Mar 22, 2017 (emphasis added): Officials looking into explosion at Turkey Point that hurt 1an alert was issued following the “arc flash” explosion… A plant worker was hurt in the explosion and treated at a local hospital…

US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Mar 20, 2017: Facility: TURKEY POINT… Emergency Class: ALERT… EMERGENCY DECLAREDALERT DECLARED FOR INDICATIONS OF FIRE IN SAFETY RELATED SWITCHGEAR… “Alert declared at 1119 EDT 3/18/17 based on… Fire or Explosion affecting plant safety systems. Fire alarms in the Unit 3 4kV switchgear rooms resulting in a loss of the 3A 4kV bus and trip of all three Reactor Coolant Pumps… Decay heat is being removed using feedwater and steam generator atmospheric steam dumps. One person was injured with a minor burn and possible sprained ankle and was taken to a local hospital… Notified DHS SWO, DOE, FEMA, HHS, NICC, USDA, EPA, FDA (e-mail), NWC (e-mail), NNSA (e-mail), and NRCC SASC (e-mail)… [UPDATE] Emergency Plan personnel at the Technical Support Center and Emergency Operations Facility were no longer required for support, the Operations Support Center was staffed for recovery efforts, and plant personnel were sufficient and capable for continuing mitigation efforts.

US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Mar 22, 2017: NRC To Conduct Special Inspection at Turkey Point Nuclear Plant… [A]n arc flash, or small explosion, also damaged a nearby fire door, which may have left other safety systems vulnerable had there been a fire. A plant worker who was in the room was injured and was treated at a local hospital. “This was an event that could have had serious safety consequences and we need to know more about what happened and why,” said NRC Region II Administrator Cathy Haney…

The Citizen (Florida Keys), Mar 22, 2017: Turkey Point fire shuts down reactor

ABC 10 News, Mar 18, 2017: Firefighters respond to electrical fire at Turkey Point — Firefighters responded to reports of a fire inside the Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station… according to the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department. Florida Power & Light reported there was an electrical fire… The incident didn’t… pose an immediate danger to the facility, according to FPL spokesman Peter Robbins…

Watch the ABC 10 broadcast here


— Explosion at Flamanville nuclear power plant in France, officials say no risk of contamination

From RT

February 9, 2017


FILE PHOTO General view of the operating nuclear power plant in Flamanville, north-western France © Charles Platiau / Reuters

An explosion has occurred at Flamanville Nuclear Power Plant, in France’s north-west, officials told local media, adding that several people were slightly injured after inhaling the fumes, though there is no nuclear risk.

The incident occurred at 9:45 local time (08:45 GMT) in an engine room, Électricité de France (EDF) said in a statement. The power at Reactor №1 was “disconnected automatically” after the blaze started in an engine room in the non-nuclear part of the facility.

At least five people have been slightly injured inhaling the fumes caused by the blast, AFP reports citing authorities.

There is no contamination risk to locals, authorities said.

According to AFP, the Unit 1 reactor will still temporarily be shut down, however.

It is a significant technical failure but it is not a nuclear accident” because the explosion occurred “outside the nuclear zone,” Olivier Marmion, director of the prefect’s office, told AFP.

A @EDFFlamanville 1, départ de feu maîtrisé en zone non nucléaire. Aucune victime et pas de conséquence pour la sûreté et l’environnement.

The nuclear plant located in the Flamanville commune has two pressurized water reactors that produce 1.3 GWe (gigawatt electrical) each. The reactors were built in 1986 and 1987. A third reactor will be completed by 2018.

The plant is owned by Électricité de France (EDF), a French electric utility company, headquartered in Paris.


Explosion heard in Iwaki City, 60 km from Fukushima, still unidentified

From Fukushima Diary

Unidentified explosive sound heard in Iwaki city twice on 8th Feb

Iwaki city citizens reported to police, fire department and city hall that they heard something explode on 2/8/2016.

It reportedly sounded like thunder or exploding meteorite. It also shook the buildings and windows.

The most reports were sent from Onahama area. The cause hasn’t been identified nor any damage was reported.

Onahama area is approx. 60km from Fukushima plant. Tepco has not announced anything about the plant status related to this issue.

Video and sound can be watched here.




Possible explosion in Iwaki city still unidentified

February 19, 2016

The cause of the possible explosion still have not been identified.

NIED (National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention) observed weak tremor that last for a few tens of seconds around 15:30 of 2/8/2016, when the explosive sound was observed in Iwaki city.  The tremor was measured even in Hitachi city of Ibaraki prefecture. However NIED denies the possibility of an earthquake because the tremor was observed in widespread area at once. They also denied the possibility of meteorite.

Meteorite was not seen by anyone either.

Ministry of defense comments none of their fighter aircraft flew above Iwaki city that time.

However, none of the investigation has been implemented for the potential connection with Fukushima plant so far.