November 11, 2019 / 6:30 PM / a month ago

EDF halts Cruas nuclear reactors for tests after earthquake

PARIS, Nov 11 (Reuters) - French utility EDF said on Monday it had temporarily stopped operating reactors 2, 3 and 4 of its Cruas nuclear plant in the Ardeche region, to carry out additional checks after the area was hit by an earthquake earlier in the day.

“Initial inspections at Cruas-Meysse nuclear power plant have not highlighted any apparent damage. However, vibration was recorded requiring additional preventive testing,” EDF said in a statement.

Reactor 1 of the Cruas plant had already been shut down for scheduled maintenance.

Four people were injured in the earthquake, recorded at magnitude 5.1 by France’s National Seismic Surveillance Network.

EDF’s Tricastin plant in the area was still running normally. (Reporting by Sarah White Editing by Chris Reese)

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