Radiation leaks at n-research centre in South Korea

February 20th, 2011 - 7:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Seoul, Feb 20 (IANS) A South Korean nuclear power research centre Sunday issued a radiation leak warning, forcing its staff to immediately evacuate, the local media reported. A “white” warning was issued at around 2.32 p.m. local time at the state-run Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), located in the central city of Daejeon, about 160 km south of Seoul, after minor radiation leaks were detected at a 30 MW research reactor, HANARO, at around 1.03 p.m. local time, Xinhua quoted KAERI as telling the local media.

The reactor was promptly shut down and the staff there were immediately evacuated, it added.

The “white” warning, the lowest on a three-grade alert system in the country, is usually issued as radiation leaks were found within the facility.

KAERI said no radiation leaked outside and no casualties have been reported.

The cause of the accident was yet to be determined.

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