Japan Faces Serious Radiation Leak from Quake

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TAGAJO, Japan (AP) - Radiation is spewing from a crippled nuclear power plant in tsunami-ravaged northeastern Japan.

The government has told people within 19 miles to stay indoors to avoid exposure.

In a nationally televised statement, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said radiation has spread from the three reactors of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in one of the hardest-hit provinces in Friday's 9.0-magnitude earthquake and the ensuing tsunami.

He warned there are dangers of more leaks and told people living within 19 miles to stay indoors to avoid potential health risks from the radiation.

A government official said Tuesday a fourth reactor at the complex caught fire and more radiation has been released. That fire has since been extinguished.

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