28 May '11, 6pm

Typhoon approaches Japan, may threaten nuclear plant

Typhoon approaches Japan, may threaten nuclear plant

TOKYO : Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is not fully prepared to deal with violent storms, officials admitted Saturday, as the country braced for Typhoon Songda to hit. The storm system was located about 30 kilometres (20 miles) southwest of Miyako-jima island, near Taiwan, as of 3:00 pm (0600 GMT), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The typhoon, packing gusts up to 216 kilometres (134 miles) per hour near its centre, is moving northeast and could hit Tokyo as early as Monday, the agency said. It is not yet clear whether it will move towards the Fukushima Daiichi plant, more than 200 kilometres northeast of the capital. But the typhoon has already brought heavy rain to the Fukushima region, prompting worries that runoff water may wash away radioactive materials from land into the Pacific Ocean. Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has been pouring sy...

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