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highlights the risks of being so close Nuclear power.
Account. Also on the programme tonight, could parking Wars be the
cause of thousands of pounds worth of damage in Jersey?
Channel Island authorities say there's no risk to residents
following an explosion at a nuclear power plant.
The blast at Flamanville in Normandy was caused by a fire.
Five people were treated but there were no serious injuries,
and French officials say there's no danger of a radiation leak.
Just before ten today a fire caused an explosion at Flamanville power
plant in a machine room - five workers needed treatment
The plant owners - EDF - said emergency services
contained the fire quickly, and the generator was
soon disconnected from the electricity grid.
Flamanville is around 20 miles from the Channel Islands.
While the islands aren't within the official risk zone,
they're close enough that the authorities have procedures
in place to try to protect residents in event of any disaster.
But with the internet and social media, today's news emerged
from French media sources long before any official word from Jersey
The fire officer involved with emergency planning thinks
We want to make sure the information we put out is correct obviously.
There's lots of info in the public arena so it's one of the challenges,
so one of the lessons from today is having set messages
of reassurance we can put out, as opposed to just messages
of what to do if there was an incident.
And he says if there was a serious incident,
islanders would be told to take shelter and stay indoors.
People living around Flamanville get protective iodine tablets in case
Why don't Channel Islanders get them too?
we're not in the zone that requires iodine tablets but clearly
we have the contingencies in place to make sure we know the right thing
to do and people will be informed of the right thing
On a clear day, you can see the power station
from here on the north east coast of Jersey.
And of course it's even closer from Alderney.
And while authorities say today's explosion thankfully didn't lead
to any radiation leak, it's a reminder of the importance
of having emergency plans in place and just how close
the Channel Islands are to any risk.
Earlier I spoke to nuclear consultant John Large,
who told me what he made of today's events...
Well, there's not enough information coming out yet, we donate how
serious it is and whether it affects the nuclear part of the plant -- we
do not know. The history of nuclear accidents has shown through to
Chernobyl, three mile Island, and most recently the Kashi mayor in
Japan, is that generally authorities play down nuclear aspects at the
beginning of the incident and the facts of the matter only come out
rather later. This could be a serious incident which is yet to be
fully reported. So, John, what kinds of safety plans should governments
of the islands put in place? They would have to be comprehensive, they
have to cater for the rest of the accident -- risk of the accident and
scale of it. That means you have to have an information channel
established with the French operator and French authorities. So, your
government knows, in real-time, the accident develops and if there's a
radioactive plume develops. It approaches, you need a comprehensive
integrating account of the weather and atmospheric stability and the
accident itself. And, what measures you have in place on the island to
mitigate and countermeasure against radiation exposure. It's quite a
complex system that needs to be modelled and put in place. John,
knowing what you know, would you be happy to live in the Channel
Islands? Well, I always dodged answering that question! The Channel
Islands are a delightful place, I would be happy living there. Any
man-made enterprise or structural or venture has risk. It's whether the
people of the Channel Islands want to live with that risk. If they are
properly informed and informed about the risk, then they can make a
decision. Ten thousand pounds worth of damage
has been caused to dozens of cars since October last year parked
outside homes in St Helier. Jersey Police believe those
responsible might be angry The 18 year old student was very
proud of her Citroen. But that pride's been dented -
by someone with a strong One day it just
started getting keyed. I don't know why but I've
got over 12 scratches, like key marks on my car
on every surface. My friends are scared to come up
and park by my house, I'm always the one to go and get
them, or they have to park quite far away so they don't risk the chance
of getting their nice cars And Molly's not the only person
to have been affected in this area, I spoke to one woman on this street
who told me her son's car was damaged, costing
around ?400 to fix. And another woman told me
she damaged her own car by trying to avoid a car that
was illegally parked. And these are the issues
causing tension. It's quite spread out,
so we have 4 or 5 different seats of damage which makes it quite
difficult to identify What we're asking people to do
is take a calm approach to perhaps a vehicle that they find in front
of their house, or in front of But then for that community
and those people to keep a look out. We genuinely believe
because of the way the offences are spread across this area that
it's highly likely that whoever Plain clothed police
officers will be working And if you know anything
about who did this to Molly's car - and her neighbours' -
you're asked to come forward. An Aurigny aircraft bound
for Guernsey from Manchester had to do an emergency diversion
to East Midlands because of a bad decision by the pilot, according
to the Air Accident Investigation Earlier I asked our reporter
Mike Wilkins what conditions Well we know snow was falling
at Manchester Airport. The report says the crew had little
experience of flying They made a decision that
de-icing was 'probably The commander said, 'the snow
doesn't appear to be sticking, so I think we can get away
without de-icing.' Later he said he was prepared to have delayed
departure if he believed The pilot did make a visible
inspection of the aircraft and the report says
he "optimistically thought any lying So, what happened once the plane had
taken off? The crew turned on the autopilot
a minute after taking off from Manchester,
but it disengaged about two A pitch warning
message was displayed. Two more attempts to use autopilot
both saw it disengage. It's believed a build-up of ice
on the tail led to difficulties The pilot said quote,
"I want to divert to East Midlands because I'm having to put
forward pressure on." The plane landed safely and all 31
passengers and crew were fine. Aurigny didn't think
it was a serious incident and it took them 3 days to inform
the Air Accident And what have Aurigny done
to improve their safety? Aurigny say they have procedures in
place for de-icing, but they were not followed. It has improved winter
awareness training. The air accident investigation Branch at art -- are
investigating a second incident which happened in December.
It involved the same aircraft and once again had to land due to ice
related problems. David Braine has
your late forecast. Some sunshine, cloud around, a risk
of showers tomorrow, and a cold wind. Daytime temperatures of four,
maybe 5 degrees, and with wind chill it will feel much colder. This area
of low pressure heading towards Spain and Portugal, easterly wind
strong in lower tempters over the next few days, including into the
weekend, giving a risk of wintry showers. This evening and through
the night, some holes in the cloud and the chance of the odd shower.
Temperatures down to two or three degrees, a touch of Frost as well.
Tomorrow we expect to see briefly some sunshine but on the whole it is
cloudy. Showers in the north and some come further south. Most of
those showers are offering but every now and again they could be some
sleet and snow grains in the wind. Just four or 5 degrees. It could be
a lot colder than temperatures suggest. A large part of Europe is
also in the grip of icy weather at the moment. Eastern France, no more
than zero. Eastern Europe, tempters below freezing during the daytime.
This pool of cold air heading towards us over the next couple of
days. Saturday even colder, winds from the north-east and a risk of
some sleet and snow showers in the wind, Sunday into Monday there's a
transition to slightly less Cordero, and a briefly on Sunday of seeing
some snow -- colder air. How much snow will arrive, is uncertain at
this stage but for all of us, the next few days will be cold! Have a
good night. It certainly is called out there.
That's your news this Thursday evening. BBC Radio Guernsey and
Jersey have a bulletin from 6am and Alison is back with you tomorrow
night at 6:30pm. See you on Monday night. Good night.
will turn a bit less cold again. All the way up seven Celsius.
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