Fukushima Evacuation Zone

April 22, 2011 by staff 

Fukushima Evacuation Zone, Fukushima evacuation zone is now a 12.5-mile radius around the plant with problems. The Japanese government may restrict entry to the area soon, an official said Thursday.

The Cabinet Secretary said Yukio Edan the measure would help limit radiation exposure of residents wishing to return to their homes, but it was unclear if the 20 mile “no entry zone” to take effect. That would affect about 70,000 residents in the area were evacuated after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

“With people entering (the area), we will have to consider establishing a no-entry zone,” Edan said to the press, the Wall Street Journal. “We understand people wanting to return, after being evacuated with only the clothes on their backs.”

Edan said the government is doing this out a plan to permit temporarily evacuated residents to return home, while at the same time protecting their health and safety. A statement prohibiting entry area that evacuation legally binding for those still living in the area.

Tokyo Electric Power, the plant operator, on Tuesday began pumping thousands of tons of high level water from the basement of a building the reactor in a storage building in place, a task that may take several weeks to complete.

Dozens more work must be completed before the full utility workers can shut down the reactors, allow radioactive emissions and restore power and cooling systems, which could continue until the end of the year or more.

The utility has been using American-made robots to check radiation levels inside the reactor including the No. 2 reactor, which was believed to be a water leak in the basement of the turbine plant and utility tunnels.

There is also concern after the usefulness of the spent fuel rods in the reactor No. 2 may have been damaged, but officials have ruled out any full merger with the ongoing effort to keep the reactor cool.

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