Today's Coming Crisis Movie

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Japan: 200,000 Evacuated From Near Reactors -- fear spreads of radiation exposure

Around 200,000 people have been evacuated from near two Japanese nuclear power stations as fear spreads of radiation exposure.

The evacuations were ordered after nine people showed signs of possible exposure to radiation at the quake-hit Fukushima nuclear power plants.

An official from the Japan Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency told a news conference that up to 160 people may have suffered radiation exposure.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said evacuations around both affected nuclear plants northeast of Tokyo were well underway.

A 12-mile radius was imposed on the Fukushima Daiichi plant with an estimated 170,000 people already evacuated.

A six-mile exclusion zone was in place around the nearby Fukushima Daini station, with an estimated 30,000 people told to vacate the area.

Officials repeatedly expanded the evacuation zones as the radiation risk became more serious. (read more)