Nuclear events

Site-wide emergency alert at Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State

Thousands of workers were told to take cover at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State after officials confirmed a tunnel collapse in its Plutonium Uranium Extraction Plant (PUREX) full of highly contaminated materials on Tuesday morning, May 9, 2017. Although officials say that no contamination has been detected on the ground following the cave-in, local media report that the danger ...

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Explosion at Flamanville nuclear power plant in France

An explosion has occurred at Flamanville nuclear power plant in France at 08:40 UTC (09:40 local time) on February 9, 2017. Several people were slightly injured. The incident occurred in an engine room of Unit 1 reactor, injuring five people. Authorities said the injured inhaled fumes caused by the blast and are being treated. There is no contamination risk to the local community, ...

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Spike in radioactive Iodine-131 levels detected across Europe

A radionuclide of anthropogenic origin, Iodine-131, has recently been detected in tiny amounts in the ground-level atmosphere across Europe, IRSN, French public expert in nuclear and radiological risks, reports. Iodine-131 is a radionuclide with a short half-life (8 days), suggesting a rather recent release. So far, the source of the radiation remains a mystery. According to the IRSN, the preliminary report states ...

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Extreme levels of radiation detected at Fukushima No. 1 reactor

According to Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), the radiation level in the containment vessel of reactor 2 at the damaged Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant nuclear complex has reached a maximum of 530 sieverts per hour which is the highest recorded level since the triple core meltdown in March 2011. The reading means a person could die from even brief exposure, ...

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Radioactive iodine leak reported at Halden nuclear reactor, Norway

A nuclear reactor at the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) in Halden, southeast Norway leaked radioactive iodine on Monday, October 24, 2016, the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) said. The incident happened at 11:45 UTC (13:45 CET) at the Halden Reactor in Ostfold county, close to the border with Sweden, due to a technical failure during treatment of the fuel in the reactor ...

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Nuclear waste repository WIPP evacuated after rockfall

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico was evacuated on November 3 after a rockfall outside of the closed southern section. This is reportedly the fourth collapse this year and the first since early October. According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), workers in the area of Panel 7 heard a loud noise and ...

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