Earthquake In France Prompts Cruas-Meysse Shut Down

French utility EDF said it was taking precautionary measures to evaluate potential damage to the Cruas-Meysse nuclear power plants in southeast France after a 5.1 magnitude earthquake damaged some buildings in the area. Three units at the Cruas-Meysse power plant were shut down so evaluative tests could be conducted.

Cruas-Meysse NPPEDF said the tests were mandatory given the size of the vibrations measured at Cruas-Meysse, however, no damage has been discovered as of yet. Monday’s unplanned shutdown at the Tricastin power plant’s Unit 4, meanwhile, had nothing to do with the earthquake, the utility said. There are four CP1 type pressurized water reactors at Tricastin and the rest of the plant remains online, EDF noted.

Four persons were injured by the quake, including one person seriously injured when scaffolding collapsed in the Drome area. Three others were injured closer to the epicenter of the quake in the Ardeche region, according to Reuters.

French regulator Autorite de Surete Nucleaire said it was conducting a region-wide assessment of potential damage to nuclear plants in the area. On its agenda was an evaluation of Cruas-Meysse to determine when EDF could restart its reactors there.

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