Breaking news: Heavy rain closes a reactor at South Korea’s Gori nuclear power plant

 

(A little note about names: Gori is the village where the reactors usually known as the Kori plant are located.)

South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported today:

A nuclear reactor on South Korea’s southeast coast halted operation on Monday as rainwater flooded in, plant operators said.

The Gori-2 nuclear power plant, about 450 kilometers southeast of Seoul, was manually shut down at about 3:54 p.m. No immediate threats of a radiation leak have been detected, according to the Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co. (KHNP).

“As excessive water flowed into a building that takes in seawater to cool down turbine steam, we decided to manually halt the operation of the nuclear reactor for the safety of the electrical equipment,” the KHNP said.

Heavy rain pummeled Busan, where the nuclear reactor is located, and its surrounding area on Monday, with rain falling at a maximum rate of 130 millimeters (over 5 inches) per hour.

The Kori facility houses six nuclear reactors, with two more planned.

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