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LIVE – Earthquake: Dozens affected, Cruas nuclear power plant suspended


Here is the main information about the earthquake on Monday:

РThe earthquake, measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale, occurred in Ard̬che, "26 km southeast of Privas", possibly near Teil at 11:52 am. In metropolitan France, there have been no earthquakes of this magnitude (5.4) since February 22, 2003 in Rambervillers (Vosges).

РIt was felt mostly in Dr̫me and Ard̬che. In the town of Teil (Ardeche), where the earthquake was strongly felt as reported by a witness, serious damage was found. 250 people had to be relocated to three open gyms overnight.

РIn Mont̩limar (Dr̫me), a 45-year-old man was seriously injured in his lower limbs after falling off a scaffold. In Ard̬che, three other people were slightly injured following a panic attack.

РNuclear installations in the region where the earthquake was felt Рsuch as the Tricastin and Cruas plants Рshow no damage, according to Dr̫me Prefecture. "Currently, the reactors are operating according to the production schedule," EDF said at 4 pm. As a precautionary principle, production of reactors No. 2, 3 and 4 of the Cruas-Meysse plant was temporarily suspended from 6 pm, EDF said in a statement.

– Were there or will there be answers? "Certainly," says geophysicist Marianne Metois, in an interview found here. "The population must be prepared to feel them." Generally, they are of less magnitude than the main shock.

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