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Monday
May302011

Typhoon Songda Hits Earthquake-Ravaged Japan

U.S. Department of State(TOKYO) -- The first major storm of the cyclone season --  Typhoon Songda -- has touched down in Japan, causing significant flooding and some damage in areas still reeling from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Flooding has been the worst in the city of Ishinomaki, where the earthquake lowered the overall elevation by nearly three feet.  These areas have been flooding daily during high tide, but heavy rains have only added to the problems.

Students had to be bused to school on Monday because of concerns of water levels rising.  Strong winds also downed power lines in the city.

At the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, there is concern the strong winds and rain will carry radioactive material into the air and sea.  Workers have sprayed the damaged reactors with "anti-scattering" agents, but Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the plant, has said the plant is not properly prepared for the storm.

So far on Monday, contaminated water levels in the turbine buildings of three reactors have all gone up.

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