Japan's worst nuclear accident leaves two fighting for lifeBMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7215.937a (Published 09 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:937
- Joe Lamar
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 …