False alarm at Jaslovské Bohunice nuclear plant causes panic

Public emergency alarms sounded in a wide area around the nuclear power plant in Jaslovské Bohunice (Trnava Region) on the evening of Wednesday, August 17. The reason for the alarm has not been officially confirmed, but plant operator Slovenské Elektrárne said that it was triggered by workers installing new sirens for the plant.

Public emergency alarms sounded in a wide area around the nuclear power plant in Jaslovské Bohunice (Trnava Region) on the evening of Wednesday, August 17. The reason for the alarm has not been officially confirmed, but plant operator Slovenské Elektrárne said that it was triggered by workers installing new sirens for the plant.

The piercing tones, which frightened thousands of people, suggested that many would not be able to react appropriately in the event of a genuine emergency. Emergency lines and phones operated by local municipal authorities failed, and rescue workers and local mayors were provided with no information and consequently had no idea what to tell alarmed citizens.

Regular tests take place at noon on every second Friday in each month and consist of a steady tone of sirens that lasts for two minutes. Wednesday's alarm, by contrast, was a fluctuating signal that is supposed to signal a chemical or nuclear accident. The crisis management department of the Interior Ministry told the Sme daily that in the case of an accident, the alarm would last for two minutes and would be followed by voice announcement.

The incident is being examined by the Nuclear Supervisory Authority.

Source: Sme

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Business

Slovak carmakers unveil novelties in Geneva

ALL three carmakers manufacturing cars in Slovakia have introduced novelties at the annual Geneva International Motor Show amid hopes that the country’s production will surpass 1 million vehicles for the first time this year.

05. Mar 2015
Illustrative stock photo
International

Bloomberg lists Slovakia as among 15 most miserable countries

THE MISERY Index for 2015 sees Venezuela, Argentina, South Africa, Ukraine and Greece as the five most painful economies in which to live and work, based on Bloomberg data calculated via the equation: unemployment rate + change in the consumer price index = misery.

04. Mar 2015
Opinion

The tradition continues

We were around when Slovakia grew into the Tatra Tiger, when we became ice hockey world champions, when we joined the European Union and adopted the Euro.

05. Mar 2015
Conflict flaring in Ukraine, illustrative stock photo.
International

Pro-Russia conference to open in Košice

ON March 6-7, some 50 people will meet at a conference focusing on the Ukrainian crisis, with the organiser saying the goal is to " find a solution so that Putin does not leave the field as a loser.”

05. Mar 2015