South Korea shut down a major nuclear reactor in the southeastern part of the country Friday after detecting a technical malfunction, according to the Ministryof Commerce, Industry and Energy.
The malfunction in the generation system caused an automatic shutdown of the No. 4 nuclear reactor in Uljin, North Gyeongsang Province, more than 200 kilometers southeast to Seoul, the ministry said.
The authorities said the situation is under control and there are no indications of serious damage, adding that they are lookinginto what caused the problem and will turn the reactor back on within 12-15 hours after testing.
The pressurized light-water reactor has a 1-million-kilowatt capacity. It is the fifth time for the reactor to suffer a glitch since it went into service on Dec. 31, 1999. The latest shutdown was on Oct. 10 last year.