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article imageTyphoon Roke hits Japan, on course to leaking nuclear power plant

By Alexandra Christopoulos     Sep 20, 2011 in Environment
Evacuations have been called into parts of southern Japan, as Typhoon Roke appears to be on course towards Fukushima's nuclear power plant. So far, more than a million people have been urged to leave.
Expected to hit Fukushima in roughly two days, Roke has also brought with it massive downpours and fears of flooding.
Japan's Meteorological Agency has already categorized the eye of coming typhoon Roke as 'strong,' and could reach Tokyo as early as Wednesday.
Roke may hinder work to control leakage of radioactive water near the nuclear power plant in Fukushima. Much of the utility's work is focusing on decontaminating highly radiated cooling water, which has ran off into basements and trenches surrounding the damaged reactors.
The storm is said to be packing winds of about 150 km per hour and is getting stronger.
Last month, another typhoon that hit Japan left some 90 people dead or missing.
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