17 March 2011

US Embassy in Tokyo advises American citizens to evacuate from Fukushima

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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