Sodium Cyanide Leaks from Typhoon-Hit Plant in Fukushima

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Koriyama, Fukushima Pref., Oct. 17 (Jiji Press)--Toxic sodium cyanide has leaked from a metal surface processing plant in the city of Koriyama in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, due to flooding caused by super Typhoon Hagibis, which ravaged the country over the weekend, according to the city's announcement.

The amount of leakage is unknown.

The city's health center said no health damage has been reported, including for those engaged in restoration work at the plant.

When treated with water or acid, sodium cyanide forms cyanide fume.

The amount of sodium cyanide kept at the plant before the flooding is also unknown because the plant's chemicals management data set has been washed out, according to the health center and other sources.

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