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Japan's worst nuclear accident leaves two fighting for life

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 09 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:937
  1. Joe Lamar
  1. Tokyo

    Forty nine people were exposed to radiation—two with a potentially lethal dose—after Japan's worst nuclear accident struck a uranium processing plant on 30 September.

    The accident occurred at a facility run by JCO, an affiliate of Sumitomo Metal Mining, in Tokaimura, 70 miles north west of Tokyo, as a result of an attempted short cut.

    In the process of purifying reactor fuel, workers were supposed to use an automatic pump to mix …

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