The Straits Times
Published on Jan 17, 2013

South Korean nuclear reactor shuts down due to technical malfunction


SEOUL (AFP) - A South Korean nuclear reactor shut down on Thursday due to a technical malfunction, the latest in a series of glitches that have raised public safety concerns

The Uljin-1 reactor, 330 km southeast of Seoul, was tripped off by what a spokesman for the Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co said appeared to be a faulty gauge.

"There has been no radioactive leak and there is no health hazard involved. It was an automatic shutdown for safety," the spokesman told AFP, adding that an investigation was underway to confirm the precise cause.

It was the second time in less than six months that the same reactor has automatically shut down, and two other reactors at separate plants did the same in October because of unspecified systems malfunctions.