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Earthquake in Japan Causes Radioactive Leak at Nuke Plant

HeadlineJul 17, 2007

Japan’s largest nuclear power plant remains shut down for a second day following an earthquake that killed nine people and left 13,000 homeless. The earthquake caused about 300 gallons of radioactive water to spill into the sea. Japanese officials are also investigating whether a second radioactive leak occurred at the plant. One hundred barrels containing nuclear waste tipped over in the earthquake. Government officials said the 6.8-magnitude earthquake was bigger than the seismic level that the reactors were designed to withstand. But officials claimed the leak did not pose a danger to the public. Jan Beranek of Greenpeace International said, “This fire and radioactive leakage reminds us yet again of the serious threats posed by nuclear power.”

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