An explosion occurred at the Flamanville nuclear plant in northern France on February 9, 2017. According to authorities, the explosion was caused by a fire in the turbine hall, which is outside the nuclear zones of the power station. While the explosion is a significant technical event, it is not considered to be a nuclear accident. The cause of the fire remains unknown, and experts have confirmed that the event does not pose a contamination risk—one of the plant’s nuclear reactors, however, has been shut down as a precautionary measure. The Flamanville 1 and 2 reactors, which each have an electricity generating capacity of 1,300 megawatts, were built in the 1980s.
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