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cynatnite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 02:52 PM
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Japan quake causes nuke leak and public didn't know about it
KASHIWAZAKI, Japan - A strong earthquake shook Japan's northwest coast Monday, setting off a fire at the world's most powerful nuclear power plant and causing a reactor to spill radioactive water into the sea an accident not reported to the public for hours.

The 6.8-magnitude temblor killed at least 8 people and injured more than 900 as it toppled hundreds of wooden homes and tore 3-foot-wide fissures in the ground. Highways and bridges buckled, leaving officials struggling to get emergency supplies into the region.

Some 10,000 people fled to evacuation centers as aftershocks rattled the area. Tens of thousands of homes were left without water or power.

The quake triggered a fire in an electrical transformer and also caused a leak of radioactive water at the Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power plant, the world's largest in terms of electricity output.

The leak was not announced until the evening, many hours after the quake. That fed fresh concerns about the safety of Japan's 55 nuclear reactors, which supply 30 percent of the quake-prone country's electricity and have suffered a long string of accidents and cover-ups.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070716/ap_on_re_as/japan_q...
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Bonobo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 02:54 PM
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1. Last time it was years before they told. Hours is a big improvement.
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ProdigalJunkMail Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 02:56 PM
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2. from the sound of it, it was minimal...
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/07/16/japan.quake...

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The plant leaked about 315 gallons of water, said Katsuya Uchino, another Tokyo Electric official.

Uchino said the water contained a tiny amount of radioactive material -- a billionth of the guideline under Japanese law -- and is believed to have flushed into the Sea of Japan.
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