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Nuclear leak fears follow Japan earthquake

Officials are investigating the possibility of a second leak at the world's largest nuclear power plant following an earthquake in northwest Japan yesterday.
Drums containing low level nuclear waste at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant fell over during the 6.8 magnitude quake, and some of their lids have been found open.Managers at the nuclear plant have already admitted that the tremor caused water containing radioactive material to leak into the sea, but said it posed no risk to health.Nine people died and 1,000 were injured during the earthquake, and a further 12,000 are now in evacuation centres. More than 300 homes were destroyed in the town of Kashwazaki and 35,000 homes have lost power and water. The quake also damaged roads in the Niigata region where the earthquake occurred.

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