07 April 2011

Japan could expand evacuation zone from a stricken nuclear plant

[FINALLY!  Fools!  Idiots!]

Tokyo - The Japanese government might issue evacuation advice to those in areas beyond the 30-kilometre radius around a damaged nuclear power plant, news reports said Friday.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told a news conference Thursday that nuclear experts were discussing the levels of cumulative radiation to determine which evacuation instructions should be issued, Jiji Press reported Friday.
Tokyo had already told residents within 20 kilometres of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant to evacuate following radiation leaks from the station, which was crippled by the March 11 earthquake and ensuing tsunami.
Residents in areas 20-30 kilometres from the plant have been advised to leave voluntarily. They had been previously instructed to stay indoors.
The government said the current evacuation standards are based on the assumption that the plant would spew massive amounts of radiation in a short period of time. So the government had not taken into account effects of long-term cumulative radiation, Jiji reported.

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