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The U.S. Air Force’s Kadena Air Base in Okinawa suffered a jet fuel leak of about 8,700 liters late last month, Japanese officials said Tuesday.

The U.S. military told the Defense Facilities Administration Agency the fuel did not flow off the base, the officials said.

The jet fuel leaked at around 8 p.m. May 25 from an oil tank located some 800 meters south of Kadena City Hall.

The officials said the U.S. forces notified the Foreign Ministry about the accident through the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo six days later.

The officials said the fuel is believed to have been absorbed into the soil because none has been detected in the drainage system.

The U.S. Air Force told the agency’s Naha office that the fuel tank developed a malfunction while refueling.

Okinawa officials said the amount of fuel leaked is unusually large and they will ask the U.S. side through Tokyo to better manage the base.

The prefecture said it received reports of two fuel leak accidents at U.S. military facilities in Okinawa last year.

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