Source Pravda.Ru

Japan evacuates residents from north after natural gas leak kills two

Officials in a northern Japanese city have urged residents to evacuate their neighborhood after a natural gas leak killed at least two people Friday.

Around 178 people in the northern Hokkaido prefecture (state) city of Kitami were urged to evacuate to a nearby elementary school after the leak in residential gas lines occurred around 1:30 p.m. (0430 GMT), city official Osamu Oe said.

At least four people were injured and taken to the hospital for treatment, but their conditions were not immediately known, said local fire department official Takao Yokoyama, the AP reports.

The fire department responded after local utility company Hokkaido Gas Co. notified it that local residents were complaining of the smell of gas in their neighborhood, Yokoyama said.

Local police have established an off-limits area, while official work to determine the exact location and cause of the leak, he said. The leak has not yet been contained, he added.

Gas company officials were not immediately available for comment.

Kitami is approximately 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) northeast of Tokyo.

Comments
Turkey desperately tries to rescue its national currency as it falls to all-time lows
Boris Yeltsin tried to escape to US Embassy as USSR was falling apart
Terrorists attack police officers in Chechnya in a series of poorly prepared acts
Russia Must Die - The Deep State has Spoken
Oil prices may fall as USA saves record oil reserves
Putin sets Merkel against Trump. She doesn't mind
US-Russian confrontation: War is peace, freedom is slavery
Boris Yeltsin tried to escape to US Embassy as USSR was falling apart
Israel makes final warning to Iran
The ayatollahs now fear the collapse of the Iranian economy
North Korean government warns people of severe famine
Israel makes final warning to Iran
Putin sets Merkel against Trump. She doesn't mind
Ukraine dreams of what it can do to Crimea after winning war with Russia
Russia's five-day war with Georgia: What lies beneath international lies
Boris Yeltsin tried to escape to US Embassy as USSR was falling apart
Boris Yeltsin tried to escape to US Embassy as USSR was falling apart
Boris Yeltsin tried to escape to US Embassy as USSR was falling apart
Russia refuses to build helicopter carriers, but considers aircraft carriers
US-Russian confrontation: War is peace, freedom is slavery
US-Russian confrontation: War is peace, freedom is slavery