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The location[]

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

The 1975 accident[]

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 accident[]

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 see[]

  1. Atomic accidents and disasters


  1. http://www.atomicarchive.com/Reports/Japan/Accidents.shtml
  2. http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/nuclear_disasters/framesource_timeline.html
  3. http://infochangeindia.org/environment/rethinking-nuclear-energy/nuclear-disasters-worldwide-1952-2011.html
  4. http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Greifswald_Nuclear_Power_Plant