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South Korean nuclear reactor shuts down after glitch

Published on Jul 5, 2013 5:46 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - A South Korean nuclear reactor shut down on Friday after a technical malfunction, operators said, at a time when the government is already warning of serious power shortages because multiple reactors are offline.

The state-run Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) said an investigation was underway to confirm the precise cause but added there was no immediate safety threat.

The incident occurred at the Hanwool Nuclear Power Plant in Uljin County on South Korea's eastern coast.

At proper capacity, South Korea's nuclear reactors supply more than 35 per cent of the country's electricity needs.

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