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Thursday, September 30, 1999 Published at 07:55 GMT 08:55 UK

World: Asia-Pacific

New Japanese nuclear leak

A dangerous radiation leak at a Japanese nuclear processing plant has put three workers in hospital.

The immediate area around the plant has been sealed off, and people living further away have been told to stay indoors and shut their windows.

The BBC Tokyo correspondent says it's reported that radiation levels at the plant -- at Tokaimura, one-hundred-and-sixty kilometres outside Tokyo -- could be four-thousand times normal levels.

It's the latest in a series of accidents at Japanese nuclear facilities, including a previous one at Tokaimura in which thirty-five workers were exposed to radiation.

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