Four South Korea nuclear reactors suspended due to earthquakes

The earthquakes, of magnitude 5.1 and 5.8, occurred on Monday night near the city of Gyeongju, according to South Korea's meteorological agency.

By: Reuters | Seoul | Published:September 12, 2016 10:31 pm
South Korea, nuclear operator, nuclear reactors, nuclear power complex, south korea earthquake, world news An officer from the Korea Meteorological Administration briefs about an earthquake at the at the National Earthquake and Volcano Center of the Korea Meteorological Administration in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. Officials say two earthquakes measuring magnitude 5.1 and 5.8 have jolted an historic city in southeastern South Korea, but there are no reports of serious injuries or damage. (Sun Dong-jin/Yonhap via AP) KOREA OUT

South Korea’s nuclear operator said early on Tuesday it suspended operation of four reactors at a nuclear power complex as a precaution late on Monday after two earthquakes struck the country’s southeast. The earthquakes, of magnitude 5.1 and 5.8, occurred on Monday night near the city of Gyeongju, according to South Korea’s meteorological agency.

The 5.8 magnitude earthquake was the strongest recorded in South Korea, an official at the meteorological agency said. Two injuries had been reported as a result of the quake, but no serious damage had been immediately reported, the agency said.

State-run Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co shut down the Wolsong No.1, Wolsong No.2, Wolsong No.3 and Wolsong No.4 reactors, with a combined capacity of 2,779 megawatts, an official with the operator said. It was not immediately clear when the four reactors would restart.

The shutdown of the four takes the number of reactors offline in the country to seven, according to KHNP website. KHNP, owned by state-run utility Korea Electric Power Corp (KEPCO), operates 25 nuclear reactors in Asia’s fourth-largest economy.