The locationEdit

The Greifswald Nuclear Power Plant at the Lubmin nuclear power generation complex on the Baltic coast in the former East Germany.

The 1975 accidentEdit

A short-circuit caused by an electrician's technical error started a brief fire in the main trough destroyed the electric supply and the control lines of five main coolant pumps. Some news reports said there was almost a meltdown of the then 1 year old reactor core according to some technical reports at the time.

It was covered up until 1989. It was initially categorised as Level 4 INES Scale event, hence the cover up by the government of the GDR, but it has subsequently listed as only level 3 and the melt down was considered not to have happened now.

The  lesser 1989 accidentEdit

3 of the 6 cooling water pumps were switched off for part of a test. A 4th pump then broke down, leading to the loss of control of the reactor, 10 fuel elements being damaged and a near melt down subsequently occurred.

The accident was reportedly attributed to sticky relay contacts, not human error by the electricians as in the earlier incident.

It was categorised as only a Level 3 INES Scale event.

Also seeEdit

  1. Atomic accidents and disasters