posted on Mar, 12 2011 @ 05:00 PM
This isn't the first time Japan has had a "nuclear incident."
The first was...
Sept. 30, 1999
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Japan's most disastrous nuclear accident took place over a decade ago just outside Tokyo.
A batch of highly-enriched uranium was prepared for a nuclear reactor that had not been used in more than three years. The operators had not been
trained in how to handle uranium that was so highly enriched. They put far more uranium into the solution in a precipitation tank than is allowed. The
tank was not designed for this type of uranium.
Only when the tank was drained of the solution could the critical reaction be stopped, but by then, it was too late for two of the three operators
working with the uranium, as they died of radiation.
Less than a hundred workers and people who lived nearby were hospitalized for exposure to radiation, and 161 people who lived within 1,000 feet of the
plant were evacuated, according to the World Nuclear Association.