South Korea Issues Disaster Alert as Wildfires Surround Hanul NPP

The South Korean Government has raised a disaster warning after a wildfire that started in Uljin-gun, Gyeongbuk spread closer to the Hanul Nuclear Plant.

“The decision was made after the emergency response meeting with related agencies immediately after the operation of the main script was made, and the decision was made after receiving a suggestion from the on-site integrated command headquarters (head of the Korea Forest Service),” said the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters.

Hanul’s operator, Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co., said it lowered the generation capacity of five reactors in operation by half in preparation for possible grid glitches from the fire but no leaks of damages have been reported so far. 

“As strong winds will continue until tomorrow, the risk of spreading wildfires is very high and the damage is expected to be small,” said Central Division Head Jeon Hae-cheol.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in instructed officials to put out the fire as soon as possible and to minimize loss of life.

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