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Nuclear Power Plant Fire in Japan

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Published on Mar 6, 2009

CHAN:
Today a fire broke out at the world's biggest nuclear plant located in northern Japan… but company officials say it was extinguished without leaking any radioactive materials.

The fire occurred inside a cooling pump at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant's No.1 nuclear unit in Niigata. It was extinguished within 30 minutes.

A worker who spotted the fire suffered minor facial burns.

The plant is run by the Tokyo Electric Power Company or TEPCO. This was the eighth fire to occur at the nuclear plant. It also happens to be the world's biggest capacity plant… but has been closed after sustaining damage in an earthquake in July 2007.

The plant has seven nuclear generators.

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