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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2862

Japan earthquake hits largest nuclear power plant on earth, radioactive water 'leaking out'

Tokyo, 17 July, ( A small amount of water used to cool radioactive material at a Japanese nuclear reactor leaked into the Sea of Japan due to the massive earthquake yesterday, though officials insisted "it posed no danger."(Photo - AP/Kyodo News)(Photo - AP/Kyodo News)

The leak took place at one of the seven units at the power company's sprawling Kashiwazaki-Kariwa facility, the largest nuclear-power-producing site in the world.

The 6.8 magnitude earthquake shook Japan's northwest coast Monday, setting off a fire at the world's most powerful nuclear power plant and causing the nuclear reactor to spill radioactive water into the sea.

This accident not reported to the public for hours.

The tremor killed at least nine and injured more than 1,000. 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.

Nearly 13,000 people crowded evacuation centers this morning amid fears of mudslides and aftershocks. Japan's weather agency issued heavy rain, flooding and lightning warnings for the area, officials said. Tens of thousands of homes lost water and power.

The Japanese Meteorological Agency put the magnitude at 6.8, while the U.S. Geological Survey said it was 6.6.

- Asian Tribune -

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