17 March 2011

US Embassy in Tokyo advises American citizens to evacuate from Fukushima

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The US Embassy in Tokyo has advised that American citizens living within 50 miles of the damaged nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan, should evacuate or take shelter indoors as a precaution against possible radiation exposure.

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The US Embassy in Tokyo has issued an advisory after a review by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission regarding the deteriorating situation in Japan.

In a statement, US Ambassador to Japan John Roos said conditions such as weather, wind direction and speed, could increase the risk of radioactive contamination.

The US Embassy call to evacuate was prompted by a US Nuclear Regulatory Commission review, an independent analysis of the deteriorating situation in Japan. The review spurred the US government to issue a recommendation that goes further than the Japanese government’s guidelines.

Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant, north of Tokyo, was damaged in the wake of the March 11 magnitude-9 earthquake and tsunami.

The Japanese government has recommended a 12-mile evacuation zone around the stricken nuclear reactors.

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