Aged nuke power reactor halted, investigation underway

DAEGU, South Korea-- An aged nuclear power reactor located in the southeastern region of South Korea came to a halt on Sunday, its operators said.

The Wolsong No. 1 nuclear power reactor on the country's southeast coast was automatically halted at around 3:20 p.m., according to the Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co.

No radioactive leak or damage was reported.

A KHNP official said that the reactor stopped operation while preparations were made for safety checks.

The reactor was supposed to receive checks on safety, performance and others from 4 p.m. until the end of July.

The exact cause for the halt is under investigation.

The Wolsong reactor is one of the most aged power plants in South Korea. Its lifespan was extended for 10 more years after its initial 30-year cycle expired in 2012, despite safety concerns.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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