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16 Dead, Missing as Typhoon Clears Japan

But Fukushima nuclear plant sustains little damage
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2011 5:47 AM CDT

(Newser) – Typhoon Roke cleared out of Japan today, leaving 16 people dead or missing—and the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant intact. The storm, Japan’s second major typhoon in one month, dumped as much as 17 inches of rain, causing landslides and flooding. Winds snapped power lines, leaving more than 200,000 households without electricity.

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The already-damaged Fukushima plant, however, weathered the storm without experiencing the major problems that had been feared, the AP reports. A spokesperson says several cameras were damaged, but no more radioactive water or material was leaked. Most of the dead and missing were swept away by swollen rivers; one died in a landslide. (Read more Japan stories.)

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