Heavy rain shuts South Korea nuclear plant

A nuclear reactor in South Korea has been shut after deadly, heavy downpours in the country. Flash floods hit the city of Busan at the tail end of last week […]

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By ELN reporter

A nuclear reactor in South Korea has been shut after deadly, heavy downpours in the country.

Flash floods hit the city of Busan at the tail end of last week and continued at the start of this week, with reports suggesting at least five deaths as a result.

Rising water prompted the safety system to automatically shut unit 2 of the Kori nuclear plant, according to its owner Korea Hydro & Nuclear Plant (KHNP).

A statement from the firm yesterday claimed there has been “no radiation leak, or casualties so far”.

According to the Korean energy company, nuclear makes up 14% of the country’s energy use, 84% is roughly oil, coal and natural gas, while hydro and other sources make up the rest.