Nuclear Event – Europe – Switzerland

EDIS Number: NC-20120324-34634-CHE
Date / time: 24/03/2012 12:03:26 [UTC]
Event: Nuclear Event
Area: Europe
Country: Switzerland
State/County: Canton of Aargau
Location: [Beznau Nuclear Power Plant]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate


A reactor at the Beznau nuclear power plant has been temporarily shut down due to a technical problem. The shutdown at the plant in northern Switzerland happened on Friday night and is expected to last for several days. A problem arose with the shaft seal unit of the coolant pump at Beznau II, the operator Axpo said in a statement. It was shut down as a “preventative measure”. Axpo said the reactor posed no danger to the public or the environment. The other reactor, Beznau I, is still operating. It is the oldest in the world. The Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate has been informed and said the reactor could be started again once the repairs are complete.

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