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Earthquake in Japan causes leak at nuclear power plant

TOKYO (AP) - There are reports from Japan that water containing radioactive material has leaked from a nuclear reactor following an earthquake that's killed at least seven people.

National broadcaster NHK, quoting the plant operators, says the water leaked from the plant into the sea of Japan. But the report says that the radioactivity level is low and poses no danger to the environment.

The quake has destroyed hundreds of homes, collapsed seaside bridges, and caused hundreds of people to be injured.

Police say six people died after being crushed when buildings collapsed on them. A seventh person died at a hospital where he had been taken with quake-related injuries.

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